MAX Roundup + Random Notes

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My flight home from MAX was uneventful, a nice surprise considering the trouble I had getting up there. In general, I was very impressed with the conference. I don't always agree with the decisions Macromedia makes, but no other company seems even close to being as devoted to the web developer as Macromedia. When they get it right, boy, do they get it right.

On the way home I discovered I had accidently packed my reading material. Since I had wrapped up Conquistador on the way up (good book, a bit of a boring midsection, but good overall), I decided to pick something up for the flight home. I picked up Books/Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, and am extremely happy with it. I don't think I've ever read a history book that was as interesting or entertaining as this one. I cannot recommend this book enough if you have even the smallest interest in American history.

One of the more interesting aspects of the book (although its a very minor section) is in the portion dealing with the Hamilton/Burr duel. The author briefly goes over some of the basic "rules" the duels of the time followed. This is something that I've always found interesting... "rules" when you are trying to (or at least entering into somethinat that might) kill someone. My understanding of this concept is that it arises from the desire to not inflict too much damange on your enemy, or perhaps unnecessary damage. Does anyone know if there is a book on this subject? Perhaps something that covers a wide range of history up to know (Geneva convention, etc)?

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Rob Brooks-Bilson posted on 11/24/2003 at 11:24 PM

Ray, not specific to duels, the military has a term used to describe the "rules of war". It's known as the Law of Armed Conflict. It's more a collection of documents than anything else. Here's a good reference to get you started:

http://www.nwc.navy.mil/lib...

Comment 2 by Mary Anthony posted on 12/10/2003 at 1:01 AM

I loved that book! It's one of the few I've actually purchased in the last few years. I was particularly interested in the use of seconds in duels. Here are some interesting links that may (or may not) quench your curiosity...

History of Dueling in America: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/ame...

Code Duello http://www.io.com/gibbonsb/...

I would recommend <a href="http://www.powells.com/cgi-...">Handwriting in America</a> as another book that was surprisingly easy to read. You'd think it'd be boring, but it was really quite fun.