American Emperor

  • by David O. Stewart
  • Narrated by Andrew Garman
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

“A lively but judicious portrait of grand … ambition.” (Evan Thomas)


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Customer Reviews

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Very good, given lack of source material.

The problem with Aaron Burr is that he left nothing behind. As the author notes, Burr refused to conduct business in writing. So we are left with other people's accounts of Burr's life, all of which are tainted by the reporter's perspective. Stewart does a good job of giving space to all the varied views of Burr but as a consequence I came away more than a bit confused. With that said, this book is very much worth the time, especially in the passages which describe Burr's various trials. The insight given into how the legal system operated at the time, and the degree to which it was driven by personal animosity, is great.
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- Lynda Rands

He Tried to Shatter America for Personal Gain

Surprisingly contemporary in his blind, selfish political pursuits, Aaron Burr sought to strip America of its western territory and set up his own country or something similar. Who knew!?! You sure don't learn this in high school. Historically accurate and full of detail and dates for the interested lay person like me. I'd read about this plot in other books but David Stewart has fleshed out the rich details. Secondary characters are well described and the puzzle pieces neatly put together in a fascinating story. The narrator does a great job keeping the action moving. Makes the book pleasant to hear.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books