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(03/11/2008) A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr by Arnold A. Rogow. New York. 1998. Hill & Wang. keywords: History Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr America. 351 pages. Jacket design by Lynn Buckley. 0809047535.

A look at the difficult and ultimately tragic relationship between two of America's founding fathers.

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   For almost two centuries, historians have had difficulty explaining the extraordinary duel that in July 1804 killed Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, and ended Vice President Aaron Burr's political career. It was well known that Hamilton disliked Burr--perhaps out of a protective fear for his own power and influence, or perhaps, according to another theory, because of jealousy over the attentions of one or more women. When Burr finally threw down his challenge it followed more than a dozen years of difficult relations and political strife, culminating a few months earlier in Burr's defeat In the race for the governorship of New York, a defeat he attributed to Hamilton's machinations. But why a duel? In A FATAL FRIENDSHIP, the distinguished political scientist and writer Arnold Rogow demonstrates for the first time that the roots of the fatal encounter lay not in Burr's political or private conduct but, rather, in Hamilton's conflicted history and character. With his detailed archival research, his close examination of the friendship between the two heroic figures, and his bold, Imaginative writing, Rogow's brilliant new book will change forever our understanding of honor, politics, and friendship In the early American Republic.

ARNOLD A. ROGOW has taught at Stanford, the University of Iowa, and the City University of New York. He is the author of many other hooks, including THOMAS HOBBES: RADICAL IN THE SERVICE OF REACTION, JAMES FORRESTAL: A STUDY OF PERSONALITY, POLITICS, AND POLICY, and THE DYING OF THE LIGHT.

 

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