The author, whose great-great-great grandfather was friends with both men, provides a compelling look at them, with a sympathetic understanding of all the circumstances which put them on a collision course. Political opponents, competitors for legal clients, they shared some of the same peccadillos (tendencies to run up debts and pursue women). If, as someone once suggested, history is written by the victors, then Hamilton won in the end, even through death, which made him a martyr. Anyone who remembers Burr today remembers a murderer and would-be traitor, while Hamilton lives on in the financial structure of the United States, and as the inspiration for a much-honored Broadway musical.
Worthy to stand alongside Ron Chernow's great Hamilton biography, and worth reading as a complement to it.