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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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America's Apocalypse Now

Would you listen to American Emperor again? Why?

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.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Burr is clearly the most riveting character, although "favorite" is probably not the best term for him under all the circumstances disclosed.


Which character – as performed by Andrew Garman – was your favorite?

Same as above.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Jeffrey L. Gingold

Aaron Burr history

Very good book, well read and intriguing story. I read Chernow's Hamilton and wanted to get more on the other side of the story. I couldn't imagine how Burr could be interesting and was worried about what a book on him could be like. What I found was a completely different dimension to the history surrounding Jefferson, Hamilton and early American history. Stewart does an excellent job of tying in surrounding events, the mood of the people, western expansion and how we can't really judge the events through the eyes of the 21st century. I will say that similar to Chernow, Jefferson does not come out looking like an ethical, upstanding president, but it shows how he was willing to break the constitutional law to further his political power. Burr ended up sad and pathetic as history moved past him, but except for Wilkerson's betrayal, might have reshaped the map of North America.
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- Gerald "Traveler"

Book Details

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