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Summary

Explore the individual lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and their duel 

Two captivating titles in one audiobook:  

  • Alexander Hamilton: A Captivating Guide to One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America
  • Aaron Burr: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Aaron Burr and the Most Famous Duel in American History

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr lived very similar lives. They were both orphaned at an early age. Both were excellent students who attended college and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. They were both drawn to politics, and each served in the newly formed government of the United States. How was it then that these two men ended up in the most famous duel in American history?

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Good Biography

This is a good duel biography indeed. You can get the history in a true manner by this author. It was a great fun as well while listening to this book. I recommend this audio book.

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Takes Off Really Well

The books take off from the duel and follows Burr to his death many years later. Excellent references and firsthand account information with original letters. Very well written, and easy to digest and follow the thoughts of the author. Highly recommended listening to on early American History and the war between two men that ended in tragedy for both.

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Hats Off

The author takes great pains to describe the circumstances of their births, political lives and deaths. It helps if you have an interest in American History and general understanding of the climate surrounding events associated with the American Revolution, as well as the key players shaping events.

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Wonderful

A wonderful and well written book about a national rivalry that would eventually take a founding father with it. The story of alexander Hamilton and Aaron burr was recently brought back into the spot light with milk commercials. However, this rivalry was deep and very interesting. The book dives deep into that relationship and explains the history with great prose.

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Very Well

Very well written book with lots of fascinating and vivid details. A very insightful book but I was left wanting just a little more. Aaron Burr lived two decades after shooting Hamilton. I wanted to know more about his life after the shooting.

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Duel Biography

There are a lot of books about Hamilton, but this one deals only Burr a Hamilton as their lives intertwine. Highly recommended. Especially as an add on for those who are fans of the musical.

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Thoughtful

This is a book that serves as a thoughtful physiological portrait of two antagonists; Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. As we all know, Hamilton's life ends one cold and misty summer morning on a bluff above the Hudson River.

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Very Enjoyable

This is a very enjoyable read about two men who were in many ways alike as they were different. Both left a mark on American history.

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  • David
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  • 21-07-18

Good Exploration

Here in this book the author explores how both men’s careers and interactions led up to the duel, then continues the biography of Burr till his death years later. Other famous “characters” include George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This fascinating book is thoroughly researched from original sources, and many period letters are reproduced in it. Five stars.

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Termendous

This book represented a tremendous loss for both men and their absence hurt the Republic. It is recommended reading and shares a lens with American History. Harry G. Farrow, Jr. former owner of The Harrington Journal, Harrington, DE

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  • Jasmine N
  • 24-07-18

New For Me

Fascinating history on the intersection of two players in the birth of the United States.

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  • Silvester
  • 24-07-18

Well Done

Well done; too much detail. Learned a lot about Burr I never knew. The two men came from very different worlds, but were plagued by similar devils.

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  • Zonnie
  • 24-07-18

Pretty Simple and Straight Forward

Could not put the book down. It revealed a great deal of history of Hamilton and Burr that I had never heard/read before.

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  • Rebecca Rebbi
  • 24-07-18

Excellent Book

An excellent book on the history of two brilliant talented men bent on destroying each another one fateful day on a Cliffside in New Jersey and what led up to that conclusion. Could not put this book down.

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  • Courty
  • 24-07-18

Recommended

Recommend this book to all!! A little wordy at times for me but an excellent history of two very important men. I am a great fan of Hamilton, truly a hero of this country. It gives you hope for the future, faith in this amazing Nation!

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  • Ranjeet
  • 24-07-18

Highly Interesting Book

Highly interesting book about one of the most interesting men in history. There has been an increase in Hamilton popularity recently but for anyone trying to learn more about the duel and Hamilton without the gimmicks this is definitely the book for you. I stayed up all night reading this book the day I got it. Honestly, one of the best books I've ever had.

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  • Danielle
  • 24-07-18

I Surprised

A little surprised to learn that the depth of anger and disability to compromise and govern with a sense of unity began with our country's founding fathers--a generational curse that continues and is no different to this day.

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  • Simmi
  • 24-07-18

Good For The Students

A book for any student of American history and should be recommended if not required reading for high school students.

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  • B.Taylor
  • 23-07-18

Recommended

Was listening to this last week. Little did I know that Hamilton would become the hit musical it did, or the cast would make the news the way it did. This was the first of four books I would listen to this year that told a story by focusing on two protagonists.

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  • Morgan
  • 23-07-18

Excellent Description

Excellent description of the mores, the privileges and both the elitist education and skullduggery rife among the American first congressmen. It covers the subjection of women, the importance of birth, the scandals and the penury which ultimately led to speculation and fraud. It is someway a format repeating Plutarch's "Parallel Lives" presentation. Hamilton and Burr are the warring participants.