Friday, January 23, 2009

Duel! Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words

DUEL! BURR AND HAMILTON'S DEADLY WAR OF WORDS; Dennis Brindell Fradin; illus. Larry Day; New York: Walker, 2008; unpaged. Non-fiction.
Most of us know that Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in the early days of the Republic, but who knows the details? I didn't. Larry Day's illustrations are the perfect complement to Dennis Fradin's spare but telling narrative of the two boys who arose from difficult beginnings to become leaders of the fledgling United States. And what a sad story this is, of two great and good men whose unyielding animosity led to Hamilton's death and Burr's shame and ruin.

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