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Fallen founder : the life of Aaron Burr

Author: Nancy Isenberg
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Villain of the revolution or victim of history? Generations have been told that Aaron Burr was a betrayer of Alexander Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas. But in this painstakingly researched, eye-opening biography, Nancy Isenberg resurrects the Burr that time forgot: a loyal patriot, brilliant lawyer, and progressive Enlightenment intellectual who had the tremendous misfortune to make powerful
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Aaron Burr; Aaron Burr
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Isenberg
ISBN: 0143113712 9780143113713
OCLC Number: 183266850
Description: xiii, 540 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: A man of promising parts --
To concert with my brother officers --
Such are the letters I love --
An unprejudiced mind --
A certain little senator --
The statesman and the soldier --
The ruin of the vice president --
Little quid emperor --
Will O' Wisp treason --
That stranger was Aaron Burr --
Epilogue: He used no unnecessary words.
Responsibility: Nancy Isenberg.

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Villain of the revolution or victim of history? Generations have been told that Aaron Burr was a betrayer of Alexander Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas. But in this painstakingly researched, eye-opening biography, Nancy Isenberg resurrects the Burr that time forgot: a loyal patriot, brilliant lawyer, and progressive Enlightenment intellectual who had the tremendous misfortune to make powerful enemies whose efforts ultimately dammed his legacy. Exposing the gritty reality of 18th-century America and its haunting resemblance to our own time, Fallen Founder offers a fresh, provocative, and often surprising view of Burr and his fascinating era. - Back cover.

Presents the life of Aaron Burr focusing on his childhood, theological and law education, marriage and children, military service, law practice, and as a United States senator. Also discusses his term as Vice-President, his trial and acquittal on treason charges, duel with Hamilton, and later law practice.

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