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Paul Collins (1) (1969–)

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Associated Works

Works have been aliased into Paul S. Collins.

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Avustaja — 630 kappaletta
English As She Is Spoke (1855) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset475 kappaletta
Lady into Fox (1922) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset402 kappaletta
Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times (2005) — Avustaja — 254 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 232 kappaletta
The Riddle of the Traveling Skull (1934) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset183 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 4: Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying (2000) — Avustaja — 163 kappaletta
Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots (1928) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset123 kappaletta
The Lunatic at Large (1899) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset114 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 3: Windfall Republic (1999) — Avustaja — 95 kappaletta
To Ruhleben - And Back: A Great Adventure in Three Phases (1916) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset88 kappaletta
How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself (2010) — Johdanto, eräät painokset88 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 2: Blues/Jazz Odyssey (1999) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
Curious Men (2008) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset64 kappaletta
The Rector and the Rogue (1968) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset55 kappaletta

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One of America's oldest cold cases is the basis of Paul Collins' Duel With The Devil. Elma Sands, a young, often sickly Quaker woman who had come to New York City with her cousin, Catherine, and lived in a boarding house there, was found dead in a well in her best clothes. Suspicion quickly turned on Levi Weeks, a fellow boarder, who'd been seeing Elma and whom she'd reputedly left her room the night she was killed in order to secretly marry. Levi happened to be the brother of Ezra Weeks, a well-connected businessman and arranged for Levi's defense by what was likely America's first legal Dream Team: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and Henry Brockholst Livingston. Despite the almost overwhelming public opinion that Levi had done it, the defense managed to echo (pre-echo?) the OJ Simpson case in another respect: he was found not guilty. His legal victory did nothing for his PR woes, though, so he left the city not long thereafter and ended up in Mississippi, where he lived out the rest of his life being mostly pretty boring.

Collins complies his relatively brief book by doing four things: he gives the reader tons of background and context for the New York City in which the murder transpired and fleshes out the principals, he recounts the trial, he posits his own theory of who might have killed Elma, and he wraps up with the famous duel between the one-time co-counsels and long-time political enemies that cost Alexander Hamilton his life. I found Ezra Weeks to be a surprisingly interesting figure: we've all known of those "prominent citizen" types that seem to be able to pull all the strings, and he was able to get his brother two of the foremost attorneys in the city in a way that only one of those types could do. He was a local construction guy, and he had two customers with a taste for the finer things but without a budget to support that taste, who therefore owed him money: Hamilton and Burr.

The full-on Hamilton craze seems to have peaked a while ago, but there's still a lot of interest in his story. To be perfectly honest, this book, and the case at the center of it, aren't much more than a footnote in a life that managed to encompass a great deal despite its relative brevity. Collins does what he's trying to do here well enough, but there's nothing revelatory. If you've got an interest in cold cases or you've found out about this case in particular and wanted to know more, this book tells its story with clear, informative prose and is worth your time. If, however, you're more interested in Hamilton's entire career, I'd recommend Ron Chernow's Hamilton instead, which I listened to on audio and is very long but fascinating.
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ghneumann | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 14, 2024 |
If you are interested in the Hamilton/Burr duel-choose another title. The author may have misled people in putting duel in the title, but I won't quibble with much else. Enjoyable to see how a homicide was "investigated" ( practically not at all) and prosecuted in the days of early America. Sme folks complained that there was not enough to get a sense of the characters, but, considering how long ago it was and how little would remain of your average citizen- I thought he did a great job
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cspiwak | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2024 |
true crime is my guilty secret-but when it is well done, it is as good as any fiction. This was really well done. You get a sense of the time, the society, the role that newspapers played in making the news instead of just reporting it. Really enjoyed
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cspiwak | 39 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2024 |
This is the book I wish I had written. There is a specific plot - moving from San Francisco to Hay-on-Wye - but there are a lot of tangents that are all about books books books, which to me is great great great. This is now in my top favorite books.
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blueskygreentrees | 56 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 30, 2023 |



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