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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

 
 
Author
Paul Collins.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780307956453
Pages/Publication Date 290/2013
Daedalus Item Code 70995
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In 1799, two political parties jockeyed for control of the young United States: the well-moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr. Two of the leading lawyers in New York, Burr and Hamilton were bitter rivals both in and out of the courtroom, fighting over such issues as the Manhattan water supply, which Burr saw as an opportunity to help a city devastated by epidemics and also to advance his battered fortunes. When the body of Elma Sands, a young Quaker woman, was found in Burr's new Manhattan Well, her suitor Levi Weeks was accused, and hired both Burr and Hamilton, who knew Weeks's family, to acquit him. Paul Collins not only offers a gripping account of the sensational murder trial that paired these iconic political rivals, he also uncovers the first substantial break in this oldest American "cold case" in more than 200 years.

"NPR's 'literary detective' once again applies his skills as a historian to a now obscure crime that was a cause celebre in its day.... Using the court transcript as a primary source, Collins makes the most of the inherent drama of the case, and goes one step further to unearth convincing proof of the identity of the real killer."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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