Tuesday, December 20, 2016
"Aaron and Alexander - The Most Famous Duel In American History" by Don Brown
The Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway hit "Hamilton" has focused a spotlight on the ancient rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. In this beautifully illustrated children's book, author Don Brown lays out the basics of how their relationship developed, devolved and eventually led to the duel that ended Hamilton's life and cut short Burr's political career.
Since the names of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are on the tongues of many people these days - both young and old - this book is timely in helping young readers to capture an appreciation of this important period in our young nation's history. This story may also provide a sense of perspective that the animus we have seen between political rivals in 2016 is not just a 21st Century phenomenon, but has its roots in the early days of the republic.