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The Manhattan Well, or: Hamilton, Burr & A Murder in Old New York [Kindle Edition]

Stanley Cloud
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Book Description

In the winter of 1800, a young New York carpenter named Levi Weeks is arrested and charged with the murder of his fiancée, 22-year-old, Gulielma Sands. A couple of days earlier, Gulielma's remains had been pulled from the icy water of a well called The Manhattan Well and placed on lurid public display. Passions were aroused, pamphlets published, angry crowds gathered -- all the more so when those bitterest of political enemies, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, entered the picture as Levi's defense attorneys .

In his new novel, "The Manhattan Well," author Stanley Cloud, a well-known journalist and non-fiction writer, uses these historical facts to set in motion a train of events that ends -- with tragic inevitability -- on a cliff near Weehawken, New Jersey, early in the morning of July 12, 1804, when Burr shoots and kills Hamilton in their famous duel.

For centuries, historians have wondered and speculated about that duel, its immediate cause and what connection it had to Hamilton's and Burr's past battles and declining fortunes. In "The Manhattan Well," Stanley Cloud provides answers, skillfully weaving the elements of the story -- murder, political combat and financial deceit -- into a complex and dramatic tapestry that brings to life one of the most significant periods in American political history and some of its most fascinating and significant characters.

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  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094KTVO8
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Manhattan Well December 10, 2012
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The book totally engaged my interest and I also found it very enjoyable. The story was very intriguing and I learned important historical facts about one of our founding fathers. It was very carefully researched. It prompted me to go on to other books on Hamilton such as Ron Chernow's biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding fiction based on fact novel! September 27, 2012
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A real page turner. Studiously reseached by this outstanding author who in the past has only done non-fiction. Good presentation of that era of US history and the subject matter is quite interestion. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for this political season of name-calling September 6, 2012
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Had to write a review before I even finish reading (am at the trial now) because this book has really brought a part of our 'early history' to life through these two men Hamilton and Burr. We tend to gloss over and elevate our 'founding fathers' only to find on a closer look they (and we) were not much different from today's politicians/humans. Besides the murder, the "Manhattan Well Project" could have taken place last week instead of 200 years ago. The bank lived on and was incorporated years later with JP Morgan Chase. Thanks to Mr. Cloud for reigniting my interest in history, for humanizing Hamilton and Burr, and giving me some 'laugh out loud I can't believe he did that' moments on the antics of Burr. I highly recommend this book, and hope for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 5 Stars May 5, 2014
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Stanley Cloud is an amazing writer! In this story, he puts together fact with fiction, and makes this story for a superb read! I've done research on this subject prior to buying the book, so when I read the book, a lot of the fact did come to light. This book is excellent for those who are history buffs like myself or for people that like mysteries. The Manhattan well itself still exists in Soho, in an old Bistro restaurant on Spring Street, in the basement. I've seen pictures of it, online. You won't be disappointed in reading this book. A lot of things mentioned in this book actually happened right here, in Manhattan. Alexander Hamilton is buried in the Trinity Churchyard in the area of the new World Trade Center. Aaron Burr is buried next to his father in New Jersey in the graveyard near the University. I still have this story on Kindle, & I'm going to read it again in sometime in the future.
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More About the Author

For 20 years, Stanley Cloud was a foreign and domestic correspondent and bureau chief for Time magazine. He has interviewed five U.S. presidents and has covered politics, international affairs and the Vietnam War. In the late 1970s, he left Time and became managing editor of the Washington Star. Later, he was executive editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He returned to Time in 1987 and was its Washington Bureau Chief from 1989 to 1993. After retiring from journalism, he co-authored with his wife, writer and historian Lynne Olson, two non-fiction books, The Murrow Boys and A Question of Honor.

The Manhattan Well is his first novel. Visit the website: http//

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