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Hamilton's Choice

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A heartbreaking story of honor tearing apart Alexander Hamilton's family.

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.


Historical fiction based on facts is one of my favorite genres. When I saw Hamilton’s Choice, it intrigued me, and I had to read it! I was not disappointed.


Everyone knows that Alexander Hamilton was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel, but there’s so much more to the story. Hamilton’s son, Philip, was killed in a duel just two years before that by a Burr supporter. The incident that caused Philip’s duel is where Hamilton’s Choice begins.


When I hear the word “duel,” I think of two men facing off and one possibly being killed. Jack Casey brings that to life, though, with the thoughts of both men during the duel, and then the heartbreaking aftermath. In fact, I had to stop reading several times after the duel between Hamilton and Burr because I was crying.


The sections between the two duels are about Hamilton’s family life, Burr’s antics and his many failures, and politics. Politics usually bore me but I was fascinated how different some things were, yet how similar politicians were to today. I didn’t know that only real estate owners could vote for New York governor.


I liked the descriptions in this book. They were done so that I could visualize, but they weren’t so long that I tired of them.


The characters are brought back to life in Hamilton’s Choice. They’re well-defined and their struggles are related well. Hamilton’s turmoil while waiting for the duel, trying to figure a way out of it while still keeping his honor, was recounted effectively. He and his son were both so stubborn!


I definitely recommend Hamilton’s Choice. I’m going to have to check out more of Jack Casey’s books.

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About the author

JACK CASEY is an attorney and former political leader whose well-researched historical novels all share a theme of power and its abuses. Casey graduated with honors from Yale University and Albany Law School, and has studied literature at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities. view profile

Published on January 21, 2020

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