Their lives, Their Times, Their Duel by Anna and Russel Crouse

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The following is a review of the book Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Duel, by Anna Erskine Crouse and Russel Crouse. The authors depict Hamilton and Burr’s lives from childhood to the men who provided much influence in America and in its beginnings. In the reading, both men live separate lives although, unknowingly they run parallel with one another. Their hunger for education, military careers, and involvement with the government; all of which come to a clashing end known as the most famous duel in American history. Alexander Hamilton is born in the Caribbean to a middle working class family. His interest in math and stunning ability to do calculations appear to the individuals around him at an early age. In 1773, he leaves his home in St. Croix after the death of his mother and travels to America seeking higher education. Hamilton’s intentions are to attend Princeton University, although his proposal to the university of allowing him “to advance from class to class as much rapidity as his exertions would enable him” (27) are denied. This obstacle does not stop him and in 1774 starts classes at King’s College in New York, now Columbia University. Aaron Burr is born in New Jersey to a well respected family. His father was a graduate of Yale and was the second president of the College of New Jersey. By the age of two, Burr’s grandfather, grandmother, father, and mother have all died from disease and he falls under the care of his uncle, Timothy Edwards. The book depicts Burr having a strong personality, continuously challenging his uncle. This behavior appears later and influences decisions made in life. Discontent, Burr decides that he needs to leave his Uncle’s control and in order to accomp... ... middle of paper ... ...ster min in failed attempts in regaining political presence and power. One of the attempts would lead him of being accused of treason, but would be acquitted of the charges. Aaron Burr would live a life of continued failure and turmoil, suffering a stroke and later dying at the 80. The writers of the literature provided great insight of the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The composure of the writing was easy to follow and read. It is not stated anywhere about each of their lives being parallel to one another, but with the style the information is provided it becomes apparent. Anna and Russel Crouse provide a quick read packed with pertinent information. Works Cited Crouse, Anna Erskine., and Russel Crouse. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Duel. New York: Random House, 1958. Print.

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