Review of Aaron and Alexander
Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous
Duel in American History
Written and illustrated by Don Brown
Ages: 5 - 7
Grade Level: K – 4
A biography, finally! I love this book, especially the first. It starts something like this: Aaron and Alexander could have been friends. They were a lot alike, but their differences made them the worst of enemies. The rest of the book tells how these similarities and differences took them from birth to death. Their conflict turned into a lose/lose result. Alexander died in their famous duel, but Aaron never recovered either. Most of the country cursed him, and his reputation was ruined. As an old man, Aaron said, “I should have known the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me.” Something we should all remember with those we disagree with. I also love the end pages which give you factual information and sources.
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Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.