Though he was a hero of the Revolutionary War, a prominent New York politician, and vice president of the United States, Aaron Burr is today best remembered as the villain who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
But as H. W. Brands demonstrates in this fascinating portrait of one of the most compelling politicians in American history, Burr was also a man before his time—a proponent of equality between the sexes well over a century before women were able to vote in the US. Through Burr's extensive, witty correspondence with his daughter Theodosia, Brands traces the arc of a scandalous political career and the early years of American politics. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr not only dramatizes through their words his eventful life, it also tells a touching story of a father's love for his exceptional daughter, which endured through public shame, bankruptcy, and exile, and outlasted even Theodosia's tragic disappearance at sea.
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In this short, accessible study, written entirely in the present tense, historian H.W. Brands has contributed a much more tightly focused work than the massive studies he has published in the past.Read Full Review of The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr | See more reviews from Washington Times
Largely from beginning to end the portrait Brands creates is crafted with Burr's own words...This also makes the narrative quite readable and well-paced.Read Full Review of The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
This is not a full-on biography but a thoughtful narrative mostly in the characters' own words, of a talented yet flawed politician at a critical and formative time in U.S. history.Read Full Review of The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
In his brief but compelling “The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr,” he absolutely delivers on the publisher’s promise of a series of “American Portraits:” that they are “tightly written, vividly rendered accounts of lost or forgotten lives and crucial historical moments.”Read Full Review of The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
The letters give us an authentic glimpse of his personality while nicely mirroring the dramatic political landscape (duels, deals and treason) of the time.Read Full Review of The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
During a time when most histories and biographies run hundreds of pages in length, and provide sweeping depth and breath, this short book, 176 pages of text, is a refreshing change.Read Full Review of The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
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