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In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college--one at Princeton, the other at Columbia--and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of t In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college--one at Princeton, the other at Columbia--and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and opprobrium for the other? Judith St. George's lively biography, told in alternating chapters, brings to life two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the United States.

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In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college--one at Princeton, the other at Columbia--and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of t In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college--one at Princeton, the other at Columbia--and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and opprobrium for the other? Judith St. George's lively biography, told in alternating chapters, brings to life two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the United States.

30 review for The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Smalley

    I am feeding my Hamilton obsession, and this was an easy read to learn further details about the Burr-Hamilton dynamic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JosephB

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book, The Duel, by Judith St. George, was an interesting read with ups and downs of the parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and was surprisingly hard to put down for being the genre informational nonfiction. There were two main characters in this book who were Alexander Hamilton, an intelligent, charismatic, and an one way opinion thinker, and Aron Burr, a bright, charming, and resolute person. The main conflict started when Alexander and Aaron become rivals in politics, rel This book, The Duel, by Judith St. George, was an interesting read with ups and downs of the parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and was surprisingly hard to put down for being the genre informational nonfiction. There were two main characters in this book who were Alexander Hamilton, an intelligent, charismatic, and an one way opinion thinker, and Aron Burr, a bright, charming, and resolute person. The main conflict started when Alexander and Aaron become rivals in politics, relationship, and eventually duelists. The theme I felt of this book, even though it was, nonfiction was to never give up due to Alexander and Aaron becoming orphans at an early age to later become war and American Heroes. This book in my opinion was a great book and tells the lives of American heroes and patriots of our history and that this story was very unpredictable with the characters of the story often being struck with tragedy and disaster out of nowhere. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction or American history for this is an amazingly written book. This is also a great book for whoever wants to get their nonfiction book out of the way for their IRP.

  3. 4 out of 5

    RubyRidingHood

    3 pages in: Very excited to read this because: 1) Hamilton!! I love Hamilton the Musical 2) Hungry for books set during the time of Hamilton the Musical 3) A book about Hamilton and Burr, and it's super short and super easy to read! Disclaimer: Oh gosh, this book is already annoying me with all the grammar rule-breaking. Judith St. George starts sentences with "because" and "and", and it's very aggravating because this is a book about history, and it's geared at the age level reading of teens. Puh-le 3 pages in: Very excited to read this because: 1) Hamilton!! I love Hamilton the Musical 2) Hungry for books set during the time of Hamilton the Musical 3) A book about Hamilton and Burr, and it's super short and super easy to read! Disclaimer: Oh gosh, this book is already annoying me with all the grammar rule-breaking. Judith St. George starts sentences with "because" and "and", and it's very aggravating because this is a book about history, and it's geared at the age level reading of teens. Puh-lease! Not impressed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Schoolin' myself on A. Burr and A. Ham before I go see the show. This was a quick and accessible rundown about their lives and feuds.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Shapiro

    It's essentially a cliff notes of the Chernow biography. It reads pretty young to me but has all the important information

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Riva

    It was a good book and I learned a lot about Hamilton and Burr. Though if you don't really care much about the musical Hamilton you don't need to read it. It is also a easy read and it is not a very long book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin Dobson

    A good simple read-- it's kid-like fiction. It does tell the facts but a little too simplistic for me after reading other work on Hamilton. The description of the duel is fabulous, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Suzanne

    Going in, I barely knew about Hamilton and this famous duel. To be clear, I am fascinated by history and read a lot about it lately and love documentaries, but I don't retain enough of the details, so I have the special pleasure of almost learning everything for the first time no matter how many times I hear it. This is true for Science, too. Anyway, here's what I knew: There was a famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr back in the day, Hamilton is way famous for great political a Going in, I barely knew about Hamilton and this famous duel. To be clear, I am fascinated by history and read a lot about it lately and love documentaries, but I don't retain enough of the details, so I have the special pleasure of almost learning everything for the first time no matter how many times I hear it. This is true for Science, too. Anyway, here's what I knew: There was a famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr back in the day, Hamilton is way famous for great political activity during the early years of our country and everyone is nuts about him because of the amazing hip-hop musical that is too expensive for me to see. Do you want to know how I know about the duel? Because this is embarrassing.... I remember the Got Milk? commercial from the 90's in which a guy is called by a radio show to answer a trivia question about the duel, and he has a mouth full of peanut butter and he is yelling, "Aaron Burr!" but no one can understand him, so he loses. If only he had milk. This is the only reason that I know anything about Burr, Hamilton, and the bullet. Sigh. I'm glad I got that off of my chest. Anyway, about this book. My questions going in: What's so great about Hamilton? Who was Aaron Burr, and why were they dueling? What was the result? Did one challenger die, or did they both? Did people duel during the early years of our nation, because it's not like I heard about any duels in History class. I mean...I've seen duels in movies set in the Wild West, but all of that seems silly, not like something in which Revolutionary War heroes and Founding Fathers would partake. This should have been a pretty interesting book. I did learn some interesting things about how these two guys had almost parallel lives and then intersected as political adversaries. Both were pretty much egotistical, power-hungry jerks, and I felt like today's politicians are cut from the same mold as our very first ones. That was refreshing. It was kind of interesting to hear all about their political feuding, accomplishments, failures, and a few things about their personal lives. I now know about all of the elections they won, which positions they held, and all of the slimy, behind-the-scenes shenanigans they played to secure or attain power. But the book was just okay. There was nothing gripping or fascinating akin to nonfiction narratives by Steve SheinkinSheinkin or like when I read The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery. I was thinking this was maybe a 3-star book at most, until the end. Finally, we got to the duel, for which I had been waiting. I couldn't believe, during the entire book, that this story was actually going to end that way! But then it happened. It was like this: Burr shot Hamilton and he died. Everyone mourned the fallen hero, and Burr was charged with murder. Then Burr lived happily ever after as if he did not murder someone, and was, like, kind of on the run? Except that he was still leading the Senate, although there is no explanation of why he was charged with murder but never arrested... Then he was arrested for something else (treason) and let off....no explanation of why he never was held accountable for the murder. And even now, after having read THE DUEL, I don't know why they agreed to duel, why anyone would agree to such a thing, how common it was, where the concept originated, what was hoped to be gained, what people thought of the fact that these two grown men did something so vile and immature, what happened to Hamilton's widow and 7 children after her husband went and got himself killed....so many questions, and so unsatisfying. I guess I learned a lot about the two men, but not in a way that's significantly better than a history textbook, but I didn't really learn about THE DUEL. This book did a lousy job preparing me for a trivia question on the duel compared to a milk commercial. The winner of Hamilton narrative? Got Milk, and possibly Broadway if I can ever afford to see Hamilton

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kyra T.

    The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was written by Judith St. George. I overall really liked this book! Though, there is a large chunk of it that I just wasn’t a fan of. I believe the author did a good job showing the audience the parallels of the lives of Burr and Hamilton, and there are a lot. I love, love, loved how at the very end the author merged the chapter between the two men. During the book, the men have alternating chapters. One for Burr, one for Hamilton The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was written by Judith St. George. I overall really liked this book! Though, there is a large chunk of it that I just wasn’t a fan of. I believe the author did a good job showing the audience the parallels of the lives of Burr and Hamilton, and there are a lot. I love, love, loved how at the very end the author merged the chapter between the two men. During the book, the men have alternating chapters. One for Burr, one for Hamilton. I didn’t like the content. The thing that irked me the most was the absolute lack of their home lives other than a throwaway sentence. I liked how they told of the military and political prowess, but how did Mrs. Hamilton react to the affair? The author told us very little when it came to their personal affairs, which from I know, are pretty similar. I’d like to see how that would have been written. The author went on about their political careers, then their law careers, then finally their military careers. It felt boring reading through the middle. Overall, I did enjoy the book very much. I don’t think I’d read it again, though. It just gets so uneventful and dull towards the middle and has no touch of personality for either of the two men. I’d still suggest it for anyone looking for a moderate read, though, who wants to learn about the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Hart

    5/5 historically-informational stars This is a really great historical portrayal of the parallel lives of Hamilton and Burr. There is so much information packed into such a short book! It really goes more in depth to show Burr and Hamilton's relationship and what ultimately led to the fatal duel. If you like Hamilton, I would definitely recommend you read this book to get a more fuller and exact timeline of the two men. It is just so tragic and heart-wrenching, I loved reading this story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Briel

    Basically my thought when seeing this on the shelf: "HAMILTON! YES! I MUST READ IT!" My thoughts now: Well ... this was interesting? I really, really liked all the info about Hamilton and Burr that I haven't heard about, and as a history it was fairly interesting and covered a lot, which I didn't originally expect it too as it's only like ... 100 pages long? Old politics are so interesting, guys, it's only when you're living in the time that they're scary and sad. xD The writing style and grammar o Basically my thought when seeing this on the shelf: "HAMILTON! YES! I MUST READ IT!" My thoughts now: Well ... this was interesting? I really, really liked all the info about Hamilton and Burr that I haven't heard about, and as a history it was fairly interesting and covered a lot, which I didn't originally expect it too as it's only like ... 100 pages long? Old politics are so interesting, guys, it's only when you're living in the time that they're scary and sad. xD The writing style and grammar of the book felt pretty off though. I was literally reading aloud bits of awkward sentences and ignored grammar rules to my sister for the first 15 or so pages until I got used to it. There's a ridiculous amount of sentences that start with conjunctions, and it all just felt ... off. I enjoyed it for the information, and I felt it did a pretty good job of having all the important information in there, but the writing itself kind of threw me off. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth Wisniewski

    I think this book was meant more for kids or young adults as I felt like the author was dumbing down some of the information. Since it is such a short book, I can understand why it's more of an abridged history of the two Founding Fathers' relationship and lives. As I still enjoyed the book, I chose to give it 4 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    arianna

    Loved it! I love how the author brought the characters to life and it read like it was a fiction novel and not a factual one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Branden

    This book contains most of the same information as the Chernow biography that inspired the hit musical as well as some additional information about Aaron Burr. The story of A. Ham and A. Burr is one that perfectly illustrates how conflict arises from a clash of two opposing identities. Despite so many similarities in their personal histories and so many shared personal beliefs, these two men were still very different people who were unable to reconcile those major differences between them and it This book contains most of the same information as the Chernow biography that inspired the hit musical as well as some additional information about Aaron Burr. The story of A. Ham and A. Burr is one that perfectly illustrates how conflict arises from a clash of two opposing identities. Despite so many similarities in their personal histories and so many shared personal beliefs, these two men were still very different people who were unable to reconcile those major differences between them and it ended with Alexander Hamilton's death. As a bonus, this assignment can be tied into clips from the musical. One way to transition this into writing instruction is to do a play on Gallagher's "What the Future Holds" but also turn it into a "What If" assignment. These two men played a huge role in our country's history and it could be interesting to have students write about how things might have been different if there had been a point of divergence: what if Hamilton had run for President? What if Burr had defeated Jefferson? What if Burr had been the one to die, or what would Hamilton had done if he survived?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dana Hawker

    The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is a biographical story that relates information from the perspectives of Hamilton and Burr in alternating chapters. With Hamilton: The Musical getting so much buzz in the last few years, this book has a lot of potential in being interesting and exciting to students. Burr and Hamilton shared a fierce political rivalry that ended in Hamilton's murder in a duel. This story is useful in teaching perspective because it tells the story The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is a biographical story that relates information from the perspectives of Hamilton and Burr in alternating chapters. With Hamilton: The Musical getting so much buzz in the last few years, this book has a lot of potential in being interesting and exciting to students. Burr and Hamilton shared a fierce political rivalry that ended in Hamilton's murder in a duel. This story is useful in teaching perspective because it tells the story of Hamilton and Burr's duel from both of their perspectives, not just one. I would have students write "A Tale of Two _____" activity after reading this book. They would compare Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in a brainstorm, and then chose one to write a short essay about with the information given in the book. This allows them to note the contrast in perspectives between the two and keep that in mind while writing their paper.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    (Biography) Full of interesting info in an easy to understand format. Really put into perspective the times these two men grew up in and the choices they made. I appreciated she did not gloss over their egos or bad choices they made along the way while also shining a light on their great accomplishments.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Lichtenwalner

    It was a great book! I like how they both gave descriptions of Aaron Burr's and Alexander Hamilton's lives and how it led up to their rivalry and eventually them dueling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Desirae

    Other reviwers have noted this, but The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr really is the cliffnotes adaptation of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow with an added thread of Aaron Burr (sir) sprinkled throughout. Despite its length (barely 100 pages long) it is quite informative, and I found the parallels between these two historic founding fathers to be both strange and fascinating. I'm still waiting for an Antonia Fraser style biography of The Schuyler Sisters, it in th Other reviwers have noted this, but The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr really is the cliffnotes adaptation of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow with an added thread of Aaron Burr (sir) sprinkled throughout. Despite its length (barely 100 pages long) it is quite informative, and I found the parallels between these two historic founding fathers to be both strange and fascinating. I'm still waiting for an Antonia Fraser style biography of The Schuyler Sisters, it in the meantime this book, and the upcoming Alex and Eliza: A Love Story will have to do.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    I don't normally give up on a book witithn the first 10 pages but this one is THAT BAD. On page 7, "But when Aaron was nineteen months old, he became aware that something was terribly wrong." Umm, no. The book is not for those interested in history.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adam James

    Aaron Burr was a scoundrel, huh?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    The story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr becomes creative fodder for Judith St. George in this dual biography that goes from their births through deaths. Hamilton was born in relative poverty in St. Croix, but showed enough intellectual promise to go to college in New York that then launched his military and political career. Aaron Burr was born to privilege as the grandson to Jonathan Edwards, and had a reputation to uphold as Princeton elite. Both boys became orphans at a young age and c The story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr becomes creative fodder for Judith St. George in this dual biography that goes from their births through deaths. Hamilton was born in relative poverty in St. Croix, but showed enough intellectual promise to go to college in New York that then launched his military and political career. Aaron Burr was born to privilege as the grandson to Jonathan Edwards, and had a reputation to uphold as Princeton elite. Both boys became orphans at a young age and clawed their ways up to prominence through courage shown in the Revolutionary War, and finagled political careers afterwards. St. George goes into the meat of the politics about Federalists versus Democrat Republicans (a debate we still see today about federal versus state power). I thought it was interesting what an important role George Washington played, and how his favor or disfavor helped and hindered Hamilton and Burr. St. George becomes fairly biased towards Hamilton at the end of the biography. Hamilton is shown to be a flawed person, but a True Patriot compared to Burr, who used political means to gain a financial end several times over. I thought the point that was most resonant was after Hamilton died as a result of the duel, he was given a military hero's send off complete with parade. Burr, who was wanted for murder then treason, had to escape to Europe and was only able to return several years later. Burr lost his grandson and daughter during his European exile, and died lonely and relatively poor and obscure. I have never seen Hamilton and may never get around to it, but the story of Hamilton and Burr was fascinating. I listened to this on audiobook through Overdrive, and it was short enough to get through it in 3 hours. Overall, a fun and personal story about two men who influenced the shape of the early United States.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Reagan Wassom

    The Duel, Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr This was a pretty ok book. If you have ever seen the Broadway Show “Hamilton” you will know a ton about this book already. I personally am obsessed with everything “Hamilton.” This Book is similar to other Biographies mainly because of the explanation of a lot of their life and how things were played out. A book that I have read in the past that comes to mind is the Autobiography of Malala Yousafzai. It was a wonderful book with a lot The Duel, Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr This was a pretty ok book. If you have ever seen the Broadway Show “Hamilton” you will know a ton about this book already. I personally am obsessed with everything “Hamilton.” This Book is similar to other Biographies mainly because of the explanation of a lot of their life and how things were played out. A book that I have read in the past that comes to mind is the Autobiography of Malala Yousafzai. It was a wonderful book with a lot of emotion and detail put behind each experience shared. This is not a book I would recommend for people who love books with a large climax. For me I did get pretty bored during my reading of this book and I found it hard to read through quickly even though it is a very short book. It was fun to learn some new information that the play doesn’t cover. I think that I have learned more about our country's history during the life of George Washington than I have in any history class I’ve ever taken. The Character of Aaron Burr is explained so perfectly. He is a man who has always had a fair amount of money and he is extremely used to that. Hamilton on the other hand never had much money from when he was a child to when he was a young teen. He learns to love that life and what he benefits from in his very unique future. The ending of this book is tragic simply because of the death of Hamilton in The Duel which is what the entire book is leading up to. The vocabulary is older and sounds weird to us because of the way we speak now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was the perfect book to feed my "Hamilton" obsession. A short middle-grade biography of A. Ham and A. Burr, focusing on their many similarities and how their intersecting public lives led to the fateful duel. Published in 2009, this was written after the Chernow bio (which is listed in the bibliography) but before LMM's musical. Many passages in this book caused my brain to spontaneously play the "Hamilton" soundtrack along with it. [In particular: Chapter 2: "When Aaron was two, he had lost This was the perfect book to feed my "Hamilton" obsession. A short middle-grade biography of A. Ham and A. Burr, focusing on their many similarities and how their intersecting public lives led to the fateful duel. Published in 2009, this was written after the Chernow bio (which is listed in the bibliography) but before LMM's musical. Many passages in this book caused my brain to spontaneously play the "Hamilton" soundtrack along with it. [In particular: Chapter 2: "When Aaron was two, he had lost everything and everyone he had ever loved or counted on. As he grew up, he found it easier to back off without committing himself to anything until he could figure out what offered the greatest and safest reward." = Wait For It Chapter 4: "If Hamilton and Burr shared one trait, it was their love for the ladies." = A Winter's Ball: "But what do we have in common? We're reliable with the LADIES!"] Note: this is a book for children, so it glosses over many of the more "adult" aspects of Hamilton's life. The author uses the term "illegitimate" to describe his birth, and acknowledges that his parents never married. She also passes very quickly over the Reynolds affair, describing the relationship with Maria merely as "a romance" before quoting the line, "My real crime is an amorous connection with his wife." Overall, this is the perfect companion to the musical for anyone looking for a quick introduction, or for something appropriate for school-age children.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hayden R.

    "I never expect perfect work from a imperfect man."--Alexander Hamilton. The Duel is a book about the similar lives of Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Both Alexander and Aaron were orphans and rose up from their unfortunate early positions. They both became lawyers and were both involved in politics. Aaron Burr eventually ran for President of the United States against Thomas Jefferson. Both Burr and Jefferson wanted Hamilton to help get votes for their campaigns. Hamilton decided to support T "I never expect perfect work from a imperfect man."--Alexander Hamilton. The Duel is a book about the similar lives of Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Both Alexander and Aaron were orphans and rose up from their unfortunate early positions. They both became lawyers and were both involved in politics. Aaron Burr eventually ran for President of the United States against Thomas Jefferson. Both Burr and Jefferson wanted Hamilton to help get votes for their campaigns. Hamilton decided to support Thomas Jefferson and although the race was close, Jefferson ended up winning. Burr thought this was due to the help Hamilton had given his opponent. In anger and feeling betrayed, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel. A duel was a common practice at the time although it never seemed to end well. This was a story about overcoming hardships but also complicated relationships that formed at a confusing time in our history. I gave the book 4/5 stars because I would have liked to see more detail instead of being a short story. It just felt there was more story still to be told. Overall it was a great book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes American history or is interest in the broadway musical, Hamilton.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CathyAyn

    I bought this to read with my 9 and 13 y.o. sons, hoping to then take them to see the musical when we completed it. I chose this one over several others because it portrays the lives of both Hamilton and Burr, who are both quite prominent characters in the show. We lost my 9 y.o. after the first chapter. I had to entice my older son to stick with it. The book reads like a string of facts- almost like a middle schooler's book report might sound. It's not written like a "story" and does not flow w I bought this to read with my 9 and 13 y.o. sons, hoping to then take them to see the musical when we completed it. I chose this one over several others because it portrays the lives of both Hamilton and Burr, who are both quite prominent characters in the show. We lost my 9 y.o. after the first chapter. I had to entice my older son to stick with it. The book reads like a string of facts- almost like a middle schooler's book report might sound. It's not written like a "story" and does not flow well. That said, the reading level is appropriate for kids (~4th/5th grade to about 8-9th grade, I'd estimate). I also listened WHO WAS ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Pollak, et al, and feel like that flowed better (but it was the audiobook).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    True to it's title, the parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, told in the perspective of each. This succinct. yet informative historical biography is an easy to read time line of the lives and politics of these two founding fathers who will forever be linked throughout history. The book can easily be understood by readers as young as 10, yet interesting enough for adults of any age. It is an especially good companion read for anyone who enjoys the music or play "Hamilton" as it ou True to it's title, the parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, told in the perspective of each. This succinct. yet informative historical biography is an easy to read time line of the lives and politics of these two founding fathers who will forever be linked throughout history. The book can easily be understood by readers as young as 10, yet interesting enough for adults of any age. It is an especially good companion read for anyone who enjoys the music or play "Hamilton" as it outlines the events that led to the famous duel that ended the life and ruined the reputation of two important historical figures.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    The Duel is definitely a book more suited for the middle grade group. It wasn't awful, and it still told the same story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. But, this biography focuses more on comparing and contrasting the two historical figures. The writing felt a little awkward. I'm not sure if it's just because I'm an older reader who read this book or what. This would be a good book for a young classroom. Otherwise, I would recommend Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary (Brockenbrough) and Alex The Duel is definitely a book more suited for the middle grade group. It wasn't awful, and it still told the same story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. But, this biography focuses more on comparing and contrasting the two historical figures. The writing felt a little awkward. I'm not sure if it's just because I'm an older reader who read this book or what. This would be a good book for a young classroom. Otherwise, I would recommend Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary (Brockenbrough) and Alexander Hamilton (Chernow). Those two go into more details about the two men that I think would interest the readers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    The building of America and the specific focus of Burr and Hamilton and the duel heard 'round the world. I liked that the audio/book goes back and forth between the two to truly capture the duality and parallelism of their lives and the ultimate decision that ended a life. Fascinating bit of nonfiction and learned some things in the meantime in a straightforward historical perspective complete with (local) history, romantic interests, politics, and mudslinging.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I choose to read/listen to this book not because of the musical "Hamilton", but becasue I like to read historical fiction and the month of July just Rings Out Patriotism. This kinda reads like fiction, but more like facts. I believe this is a version of another book for younger readers Each chapter focusing on the lives of these 2 men and the parallels between their lives. Very interesting and some suppositions that may or may not have happened.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Curious about the lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr? No time to read Chernow's monster bio of A.Ham?! Loved the musical but want a PG-rated history for your kids? This is it. A beautifully told parallel narrative of the lives of Burr & Hamilton, I enjoyed reading this account even more than my eldest did. It's smoothly written & flows from chapter to chapter, showing how alike they were. It was also well-balanced -- the author notes she is sympathetic to Burr. Highly recommend Curious about the lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr? No time to read Chernow's monster bio of A.Ham?! Loved the musical but want a PG-rated history for your kids? This is it. A beautifully told parallel narrative of the lives of Burr & Hamilton, I enjoyed reading this account even more than my eldest did. It's smoothly written & flows from chapter to chapter, showing how alike they were. It was also well-balanced -- the author notes she is sympathetic to Burr. Highly recommended!

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