Saturday, June 22, 2013

"The Original Frenemies"

"Collins, an author and writing professor at Portland State University who's appeared on National Public Radio as a 'literary detective,' paints a rich portrait of post-Revolutionary Manhattan, a muddy little burg wracked by fever and drink, where everyone knew everyone. Nearly every man in the courtroom, from judge to juror, owed political fealty to either Burr or Hamilton. The lawyers, meanwhile, may have been cooperating on the Weeks defense, but in his spare time Burr was building the coalition that would soon make Thomas Jefferson president and doom Hamilton's Federalists."

Mark Schone in the Los Angeles Times reviews Paul Collins's Duel With the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery.

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