American History Book Club

The American History Book Club will discuss War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick (Berkley, $17.00). Sedgwick explores the long-standing conflict between Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr. Matching each other's ambition and skill as lawyers in New York, they later battled for power along political fault lines that would decide--and define--the future of the United States. A series of letters between Burr and Hamilton suggests the duel was fought over an unflattering comment made at a dinner party. But another letter, written by Hamilton the night before the event, provides critical insight into his true motivation. It was addressed to former Speaker of the House Theodore Sedgwick, a trusted friend of both men, and the author's own ancestor.  John Sedgwick suggests that Hamilton saw Burr not merely as a personal rival but as a threat to the nation. It was a fear that would prove justified after Hamilton's death.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781592409693
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Published: Berkley Books - October 18th, 2016