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Duel with the Devil is acclaimed historian Paul Collins remarkable true account of a stunning turn of the 19th century murder and the trial that ensued a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done Still our nation s longest running cold case, the mystery of Elma Sands finally comes to a closDuel with the Devil is acclaimed historian Paul Collins remarkable true account of a stunning turn of the 19th century murder and the trial that ensued a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done Still our nation s longest running cold case, the mystery of Elma Sands finally comes to a close with this book, which delivers the first substantial break in the case in over 200 years.In the closing days of 1799, the United States was still a young republic Waging a fierce battle for its uncertain future were two political parties the well moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr The two finest lawyers in New York, Burr and Hamilton were bitter rivals both in and out of the courtroom, and as the next election approached with Manhattan likely to be the swing district on which the presidency would hinge their animosity reached a crescendo Central to their dispute was the Manhattan water supply, which Burr saw not just as an opportunity to help a city devastated by epidemics but as a chance to heal his battered finances.But everything changed when Elma Sands, a beautiful young Quaker woman, was found dead in Burr s newly constructed Manhattan Well The horrific crime quickly gripped the nation, and before long accusations settled on one of Elma s suitors, handsome young carpenter Levi We
  • Title: 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: PaulCollins
  • ISBN: 9780307956453
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover

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LaDonna Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
4.5 STARS for DUEL WITH THE DEVIL Paul Collins took me completely out of my comfort zone with this book But, boy, did I enjoy the ride Before Duel With the Devil, the genre of narrative nonfiction was nowhere on my radar I am so glad that a friend told me to give this book a try Duel With the Devil recounts the longest trial of the time in Manhattan in 1800 almost three days It was a time when no one challenged the obvious personal conflicts between all those involved in a case Burr s company ow [...]
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Louise Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
While the title doesn t promise much in this regard, I chose this book to learn about Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton There isn t a lot on them they make their appearances after 1 3 of the book , but author Paul Collins gives you a very readable a glimpse of New York 1799 1800 along with a murder mystery.The book opens with a body found in a well owned by the Manhattan Company, a water utility founded by Aaron Burr The victim was a resident of a Greenwich Street boarding house, where the defe [...]
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Amy Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
3.5 StarsIn some ways, this book is not enough and too much at the same time It is a fascinating premise and the author certainly does a lot with what he has to work with The narrative and melodramatic style walks the line between newspaper style fiction and non fiction in a very readable yet believable way The extensive notes in the back give the book historicity and really impact the story Yet I concluded the book feeling somewhat dissatisfied Collins tries to stretch out the murder trial by t [...]
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Note I won a copy on Library Thing It took a while nearly a third of the book for Collins to get to the actual murder but the details of daily life in New York City at the opening of the 19th century were fascinating And the payoff for the slow build was worth it, to me anyway.I enjoyed this as much as Collins The Murder of the Century The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars, set in a very different historical New York City, which I also gave four stars.
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El Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
This review is of a book won from First Reads Giveaway program.Most people know about the slight disagreement between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804 It was no big secret that these two were the biggest frenemies around What is slightly less well known is a few years prior to their duel, they made waves by defending a murder suspect Together As a team Like Batman and Robin Except without the capes.In 1799 a young woman was found dead at the bottom of the Manhattan Well How did she get [...]
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Melanie Goetz Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Why did I read this Well, first things first There is exactly one verse in the musical HAMILTON which deals with this murder trial Hamilton Gentlemen of the jury, I m curious, bear with meAre you aware that we re making history This is the first murder trial of our brand new nationThe liberty behind deliberationChorus Non stop I am meant to prove beyond a shadow of a doubtWith my assistant counsel Burr Co counsel Hamilton, sit downOur client Levi Weeks is innocent, call your first witnessThat s [...]
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Kerissa Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
A friend I were reading this at the same time, so we were sending each other photos screenshots as we went along We kept having to double check to make absolutely sure this was non fiction An intensely fascinating read, it is the first book of 2016 that I d recommend to everyone Not only because you learn about Hamilton Burr, but get a vivid picture of life in the late 1700 s early 1800 s I really loved this read.
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Brian Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
I won this book as part of First Reads program in exchange for my honest review.Bad nonfiction books are dry and read like a history textbook the good ones read like a fiction novel This book is one of the later as Collins weaves the historical tale of one of the country s first major murder mystery He does such a good job with the narrative that it is easy to forget that he is not making up the story as he goes along The facts are presented in a straight forward manner and it doesn t appear any [...]
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Judy Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
How do you not love a book about a case in 1800 Manhattan where Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr worked together as co counsel for the defense of a young Quaker carpenter accused of murdering a young woman and throwing her body into a well Especially in light of the events that occurred four years later when the Vice President of the United States engaged in a duel with the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States This is a well written account of a murder, an arrest, and a trial th [...]
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Lady♥Belleza★✰ Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Something happened while I was reading this book that has never happened before I was so engrossed in reading that I missed my stop Seriously I have never done that before That is how fascinating and interesting I found this book to be This crime happened in 1799 in what is now known as SoHo The site of the murder was a well known as the Manhattan Well A young Quaker woman was murdered and a young man, referred to as one of her suitors, who lived in the same boardinghouse as she did was accused [...]
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Larry Bassett Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
I have been reading quite a few books about the post revolutionary history in the US This book fits right in happening around 1800 and shortly thereafter The first 25% of the book is mostly about the history of New York City in 1800 You get a good sense of what life was like in NYC in that period If you haven t read much about that era of the Big Apple no they didn t really call it that then this will be especially interesting The next 25% is basically taking you through the details of a court h [...]
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Nancy Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
A Murdered Gill Hamilton and Burr for the DefenseThe mysterious death of Elma Sands created a furor in 1800s New York The young girl disappeared from the boarding house where she lived with her cousin and her husband The body was recovered days later from a well, dug as part of the Manhattan Water Project, the brain child of Aaron Burr A young carpenter, Levi Weeks, was immediately arrested for the crime He lived in the same boarding house as Elma and had shown interest in her, but did he kill h [...]
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Rose Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
No sooner had Manhattan s municipal water system come into effect when one of its wells became a crime scene.In January 1800, the body of Gulielma Elma Sands was found floating in the frozen water of a well in Lispenard s Meadow now located in SoHo She had left her Greenwich Street boardinghouse on December 22, 1799 after telling confidants that she intended to be married to carpenter Levi Weeks, who was a fellow boarder Instead of a bride, Elma became a corpse in a watery grave.The trial of Lev [...]
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Mark Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
I don t remember any of this from the musical.
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Plethora Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Hamilton and Burr could be the best of friends and the worst of enemies with each other Both highly respected legal counsel, and well connected what mingling of dealings brought these two together to fight for the freedom of a young man the locals all felt was guilty of a heinous murder Collin s has brought the first fully transcribed murder case in America to life in Duel with the Devil Reading along I would have to remind myself I was reading a non fiction book and not historical fiction, whic [...]
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Amy Sturgis Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
I received this book as part of the First Reads program.In Duel with the Devil, Paul Collins tells the story of the death of the young Quaker woman Elma Sands in 1799, the discovery of her body in the newly constructed Manhattan Well, and the sensational murder trial that followed in 1800 a trial that united political rivals Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in defense of Elma Sands alleged lover, Levi Weeks The trial, the first fully documented murder trial in U.S history, forms the heart and m [...]
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Jean Poulos Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
The book opens with a vivid description of life in New York City with the water unfit to drink, problems with sewage and yellow fever is raging not only in New York City but all along the Atlantic coast.The case is about Levi Weeks, a carpenter accused of strangling Elma Sands, a young Quaker women and dumping her body in the well She went missing on December 31, 1799 and the body was found on January 2, 1800 The case was politically charged because of the Manhattan water supply problems and the [...]
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Sally Smith Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
This was a fascinating read on a sensational murder trial that teamed up two men that hated each other Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton One gets a real sense of what life was like in New York City around 1800 If you are a history buff, this is a good one to read.
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AJ Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
This book was exactly as promised, part non fiction history, part sensational murder mystery Collins blended the two styles of storytelling with an art and skill that I haven t seen many other authors match The story was engrossing, and the historical figures characters were rich and interesting The book read like a well researched piece, and the author s voice and style were pleasantly consistent even when it seemed like he was pulling from different types of sources to weave his story together [...]
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Shelly Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
I like true crime stories but this was a bit different for me because the trial part is usually not a large part of the book Obviously from the title this was a murder trial with two Revolutionary War heros, who did not particuarly like each other, as the defense lawyers What makes this story remarkable is the fact it was the first time a whole trial transcript was published as a book The court reporter used a style of shorthand to keep an accurate record of the trial.I thought this was a well w [...]
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Cindy Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Hamilton and Burr team up to defend an accused murderer Interesting, true story It ends with the duel that took Hamilton s life.
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Cassy Hodges Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
An Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr story that didn t make the cut, but is nonetheless intriguing I love a good true crime story this is one of the first well documented trials in America I had a little bit of trouble getting into it because the narrator was a bit bland in comparison to Lin Manuel Miranda My daughter is a bit obsessed with the musical so I had trouble separating the storytelling, like the line towards the end in which Hamilton throws away his shot may have made me squee with joy th [...]
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yumi Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
A quick read on a long plane ride A rather broad view of the politics and feel of New York at the time, the murder, and the trial than about any of the particular actors involved Gives background flavor and the context of popular culture to the time if you re reading other histories which zoom in on people.I would also recommend The Beautiful Cigar Girl for a similar read a generation later in American crime culture history, with a focus on Poe.
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Alex Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Still reading this one, but thought I d give my thoughts so far I m about halfway through and I find this to be a fascinating, well researched true crime story from the early 19th century The way Collins writes the trial is gripping and makes you feel like you are there, which I always appreciate.Two things that are currently preventing me from giving it a fifth star subject to change on completion 1 I don t quite feel like he s set up the murder victim all that well Part of what I m used to in [...]
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Susan Ferguson Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
An interesting book The enmity between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is explored in this story of a murder case where they are joined by Brockholst Livingston to defend Levi Weeks Levi has been accused by murdering Elma Sands, the cousin of the woman who ran the boarding house where he lived She left the house and was never seen again until her body was discovered in a well on property owned by a company set up by Aaron Burr The trial is the first that was published verbatim, with questions [...]
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Biblio Files (takingadayoff) Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
American history around 1800 is a blank spot for me I have never spent much time on it and consequently, am fairly ignorant on the topic among many others But Paul Collins always tells a pretty good story, so I had to give Duel With the Devil a shot And there was the promise of a murder mystery, another point in its favor.The first part of the book has Collins setting the stage for the story, and he does it well, making the Manhattan of 1800 seem lively and yes, interesting Aaron Burr and Alexan [...]
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Leah Angstman Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Some of the best and most fascinating books I ve read in the past few years have been nonfiction, and this is one of them Great research and a great look at the time period The actual trial coverage is rather slim the bulk of the book talks about atmosphere, environment, and set up of the trial characters That s the sort of stuff I love, so I was thrilled It s light on actual courtroom documents, though and it has a little speculation, although it s written rather neutrally, considering the botc [...]
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Sheila Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
Great scene setting, my gosh, there was so much detail about the people and the place New York is a character in any good book set there, and this even so I picked this up over a year ago and then.r got around to it, coughd then when I got re invested in Alexander Hamilton thanks to the AMAZING musical soundtrack LISTEN TO IT I remembered I had it I really enjoyed the Hamilton Burr relationship we have dinner together but trash each other in the papers We go to court with each other unless we r [...]
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Marley Jan 24, 2021 - 16:16 PM
History that reads like a novel That must because Paul Collins is a professor of English, not an historian Not that historians can t write well I m an historian by training and I know a lot can Collins has taken a now obscure murder and the now forgotten legal partnership of longtime political enemies Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to free the alleged killer, and turned it into a tour d force of historical writing And it s not only about the murder and trial, but about NYC and its life and cu [...]
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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 By PaulCollins Duel with the Devil is acclaimed historian Paul Collins remarkable true account of a stunning turn of the 19th century murder and the trial that ensued a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done Still our nation s longest running cold case, the mystery of Elma Sands finally comes to a closDuel with the Devil is acclaimed historian Paul Collins remarkable true account of a stunning turn of the 19th century murder and the trial that ensued a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done Still our nation s longest running cold case, the mystery of Elma Sands finally comes to a close with this book, which delivers the first substantial break in the case in over 200 years.In the closing days of 1799, the United States was still a young republic Waging a fierce battle for its uncertain future were two political parties the well moneyed Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led by Aaron Burr The two finest lawyers in New York, Burr and Hamilton were bitter rivals both in and out of the courtroom, and as the next election approached with Manhattan likely to be the swing district on which the presidency would hinge their animosity reached a crescendo Central to their dispute was the Manhattan water supply, which Burr saw not just as an opportunity to help a city devastated by epidemics but as a chance to heal his battered finances.But everything changed when Elma Sands, a beautiful young Quaker woman, was found dead in Burr s newly constructed Manhattan Well The horrific crime quickly gripped the nation, and before long accusations settled on one of Elma s suitors, handsome young carpenter Levi We

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