Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

by Rick Beyer


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Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Rick Beyer

From the bestselling author of The Greatest Stories Never Told series, the epic history of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's illustrious and eccentric political careers and their fateful rivalry.

The famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was the culmination of a story three decades in the making. Rivals unto Death vividly traces their rivalry back to the earliest days of the American Revolution, when Hamilton and Burr—both brilliant, restless, and barely twenty years old—elbowed their way onto the staff of General George Washington. The fast-moving account traces their intricate tug-of war, uncovering surprising details that led to their deadly encounter through battlefields, courtrooms, bedrooms, and the wildest presidential election in history, counting down the years to their fateful rendezvous on the dueling ground.

This is politics made personal: shrill accusations, bruising collisions, and a parade of flesh and blood founders struggling—and often failing—to keep their tempers and jealousies in check. Smoldering in the background was a fundamental political divide that threatened to tear the new nation in two, and still persists to this day.

The Burr and Hamilton that leap out of these pages are passionate, engaging, and utterly human characters inextricably linked together as Rivals unto Death.

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ISBN-13: 9780316504973
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 636,232
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rick Beyer is the best-selling author of the Greatest Stories Never Told series as well as the co-author with Elizabeth Sayles of The Ghost Army of World War II. He has also produced history documentaries for PBS, The History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian, among other television networks.

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Hampton Sides

“They were the best of enemies, two stalwart men of the national stage whose differences—personal and political—seemed to capture larger conflicts churning within our young republic. In this fascinating dual biography, Rick Beyer brings these two towering figures to vivid life on the page. In Beyer's fine hands, the long feud between Burr and Hamilton seems part opera buffa, part Greek tragedy. As the pages keep turning, we feel ourselves pulled along on a collision course—one that still has powerful resonance today.” -Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and In the Kingdom of Ice

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Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Alexander Hamilton. First Treasurer of the Secretary. Killed by Aaron Burr in a duel. Immortalized on the $10 bill and in a hit Broadway musical. Aaron Burr. One of the first Vice Presidents of the United States. Shot and killed Hamilton in a duel. Charged and tried as a traitor. Vilified in history books to this day. In “Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr”, author Rick Beyer takes a brief look at the lives of the two men involved in the most famous duel in American history. It shows the similarities and differences in their lives, where they ran parallel and where they had tangential encounters. More importantly, the book shows the direct and indirect actions between the two men, and how Burr did not simply wake up one day and say “I think I'll try to shoot Hamilton.” More importantly, it shows that one of the most lionized figures in American history also had his faults – too numerous to list in a short review – and was actually in a political crevasse when he faced Burr. Conversely, it shows that Burr had some significant accomplishments and aspirations in addition to the actions and decisions which have demonized him in history. Further, it shows how far the favor of The Father Of Our Country, George Washington, influenced even minor aspects of early American history. It would not be much of a spoiler to reveal which man grew to be a trusted advisor, and which managed to consistently p-ss him off. “Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr” is a quick read, and I would highly recommend it to those with a casual interest in American History. (Those with an in-depth thirst for knowledge on the subject will probably be disappointed in its brevity.) RATING: 5 stars DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in a random draw. No obligations were requested nor bestowed, although a reasonably prompt HONEST review was hinted at.