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

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Fleming offers a rich brew of political intrigue that dwarfs even the most salacious political scandals today, set in the post-revolutionary world of 1804, a chaotic and fragile time in a young America. Illustrations.

From the Publisher
All schoolchildren 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. This is popular narrative history at its most authoritative, and authoritative history at its most readable.

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Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9780465017379
SKU 30607558
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0465017371
Release Date 9/1/2000
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Praise
"Thomas Fleming's stunning panorama of the fledgling nation, is a parable of titanic intellect and potential subverted by ambition; of vindictiveness, venality, lust, chimerical visions of empire and, finally, murder....DUEL approaches Greek tragedy in its breadth."
"DUEL unfolds a rich narrative of Alexander Hamilton's last year....Fleming has a novelist's eye for the telling, concrete detail."
From the Publisher
Excerpt This historical retelling of the famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton examines the personalities of the two combatants, the issues and overheated political climate, as well as the politics of the duel in America at the beginning of the 19th century.
Editors Note Describes the events that led up to the fatal duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, offers profiles of each man, and recounts Jefferson's attempts to ruin Burr after Hamilton's death.
Editors Note 2 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.
Editors Note 3 Describes the events that led up to the fatal duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, offers profiles of each man, and recounts Jefferson's attempts to ruin Burr after Hamilton's death. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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