Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America

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Basic Books, 1999 - History - 446 pages
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All school children know the story of the fatal duel between Hamilton and Burr - but do they really? In this remarkable retelling, Thomas Fleming takes the reader into the post-revolutionary world of 1804, a chaotic and fragile time in the young country as well as a time of tremendous global instability.The success of the French Revolution and the proclamation of Napoleon as First Consul for Life had enormous impact on men like Hamilton and Burr, feeding their own political fantasies at a time of perceived Federal government weakness and corrosion. Their hunger for fame spawned antagonisms that wreaked havoc on themselves and their families and threatened to destabilize the fragile young American republic. From that poisonous brew came the tangle of regret and anger and ambition that drove the two to their murderous confrontation in Weehawken, New Jersey.Readers will find this is popular narrative history at its most authoritative, and authoritative history at its most readable.
  

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Review: Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Future of America

User Review  - Gregpantell - Goodreads

This is Thomas Fleming's version of the feud between A. Hamilton and Burr that culminated in their famous duel and Hamilton's death. This is an episode worth studying, but I question the scholarship ... Read full review

Review: Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Future of America

User Review  - Colleen - Goodreads

Good exploration of the politics underpinnings leading to the duel Read full review

Contents

A General Nurses His Wounds
1
The Quarrelsome Men of Gotham
31
The New Caesars Long Shadow
53
The Temptations of a Vice President
79
Politicians in the Wilderness
103
A Wary Candidate Tests the Waters
133
From Migraine to Miracle
149
Resist Resist Resist the Demagogues
165
A Distracted Dictator and an EtiquetteMad President
237
A Ruined Politician Has a Midnight Visitor
253
Light in the Labyrinth
265
Honors Deadly Ritual
283
Why Soldiers Why?
301
This Is a Mortal Wound Doctor
321
Muffled Drums and Beckoning Destiny
333
Afterward
355

Does Impeachment Justify Secession?
189
Mudslingers Front and Center
205
From the Low Road to the Depths
221

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Thomas Fleming is the author of more than forty books, including The New Dealers' War, Duel, and Liberty! The American Revolution, as well as best-selling novels about America's war experience such as Time and Tide and The Officers' Wives. Fleming is a frequent guest on and contributor to NPR, PBS, A&E, and the History Channel. He lives in New York City and Westbrook, Connecticut.

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