Jonathan Edwards is the greatest theologian to plant his feet on American soil. It should come as no surprise, then, when one learns about the able individuals that sprouted forth from Edwards family tree – physicians, lawyers, university presidents, and even a vice-president. Aaron Burr was Thomas Jefferson’s vice-president, of course. Burr was also Jonathan Edwards grandson. So when I learned about a new book that chronicled the well-known showdown between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, I eagerly devoured the book.
Duel With the Devil is the story of the unlikely pairing of Burr and Hamilton, two attorney’s who combined their efforts to represent and defend a man convicted of murder. Courtroom drama, political maneuvering, and personality conflicts weave throughout this tale. Paul Collins is the author who has a gift for transporting readers to a historical setting – in this case, 18th century America.
While many are familiar with the duel between Hamilton and Burr, most are unaware of their work together on this murder case, which consumes most of the book.
Students of American history will be pleasantly surprised by Collins work. Here is a combination of a writer with John Grisham-like ability to tell a story and Dan Brown-like attention for detail. The book is filled with historical tidbits but reads like a very fine novel.
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