One of the nation’s most respected historians and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, H.W. Brands has the rare gift of investing historical narrative with unmatched verve and insight. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr sheds light on the life of the third vice president of the United States, a man who is perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
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Too much talk and not enough action
This book would appeal to someone who is primarily interested in the letters between Burr and his daughter.
Probably not. He relied too much on direct quotes.
It was a decent reading; the content was the main problem.
The second half of the book was much more engaging because it incorporated the content of letters into a cohesive narrative, rather than depending almost entirely on lengthy quotes from letters --- which characterized the first half of the book. So, I would edit the first half to match the second half.
Burr's story itself is quite compelling and was handled much better elsewhere.
- Jeffrey L. Gingold