War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation

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A provocative and penetrating investigation into the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting Vice President into a fugitive.

In the summer of 1804, two of America’s most eminent statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. Why would two such men risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge? 

In War of Two, John 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...

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War of Two is a great companion read for fans of Ron Chernow's biography Hamilton or Gore Vidal's novel, Burr. Author John Sedgwick, descendant of Theodore Sedgwick to whom Hamilton wrote his final ...
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This is not one of your dry books on history with dates and details being listed as though you were cramming for the SATs. Au contraire, John Sedgwick lifts these larger than life statesmen and ...
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A parallel biography of two prominent figures from the Federalist era whose lives came into catastrophic collision on a dueling ground. Alexander Hamilton had a dazzling career as a young man. Chief ...

About the author

John Sedgwick is the bestselling author of thirteen books, including Blood MoonWar of Two, his acclaimed account of the duel between Hamilton and Burr, two novels, and the family memoir In My Blood. A longtime contributor to GQNewsweekVanity Fair, and The Atlantic, he wrote the first national expose of the exploits of Whitey Bulger in GQ in 1992.

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