In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college--one at Princeton, the other at Columbia--and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and opprobrium for the other?

Judith St. George's lively biography, told in alternating chapters, brings to life two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the United States.

"This briskly paced, concise dual biography of Burr and Hamilton highlights the remarkable parallels the men shared...The author's ability to lucidly explain the political intricacies of the time is impressive." ---Kirkus Reviews

* "...equally intriguing and approachable...compellingly written..." --School Library Journal, starred review

"St. George employs the dual biography format with facility and flair, bringing these two historical figures to life." --Horn Book