A spellbinding storyteller, historian David O. Stewart traces the canny and charismatic Aaron Burr from the threshold of the presidency in 1800 to his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Stewart recounts Burr’s efforts to carve out an empire, taking listeners across the American West as the renegade vice president schemes with foreign ambassadors, the U.S. general-in-chief, and future presidents.
“A lively but judicious portrait of grand … ambition.” (Evan Thomas)
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America's Apocalypse Now
Maybe. It was very engaging, although it would take a lot for me to listen to any book more than once --- there are too many other books out there to listen to.
Burr is clearly the most riveting character, although "favorite" is probably not the best term for him under all the circumstances disclosed.
Same as above.
The descriptions of Burr's trials including the background on other key players such as John Marshall were very enlightening. The background on what led to the duel with Hamilton and why Hamilton approached it the way he did was also very interesting.
Terrific book, wild story, should be a major motion picture! Everyone knows that Burr shot Hamilton, but the details about the 1800 election, the treason and related trials, the time in Europe, all of this was very compelling and not the stuff I recall getting in school.
- Jeffrey L. Gingold
Aaron Burr history
- Gerald "Traveler"