Burr

Burr

eBook - 2004
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Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its most worldly, knowing, and ironic observers.

Burr is a portrait of perhaps the most complex and misunderstood of the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. Burr retains much of his political influence if not the respect of all. And he is determined to tell his own story. As his amanuensis, he chooses Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, a young New York City journalist, and together they explore both Burr's past and the continuing political intrigues of the still young United States.

Baker & Taylor
The contemporary novelist uses a fictional memoir to illuminate Aaron Burr's life and times, highlighting his political accomplishments and fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton.

Baker
& Taylor

The contemporary novelist uses a fictional memoir to illuminate Aaron Burr's life and times. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2004
ISBN: 0795332041 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC VIDAL
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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xiaojunbpl12
Jan 09, 2017

Amusing read, with so much wisdom delivered, that I, not the least, repress the urge to despise Jefferson.
The book is constructed with two parallel timelines - Burr's past and (Charlie's) present- fundamental for historical events and plot development. Even though its crux Charlie S (his amour Helen's murder seems to be a setup in order to publish a right version of his book, along with his birth identity, a contrived creation to appeal) is fictional, the book is mostly convincing.
I don't flip to glorify Burr, but I doubt he could have accomplished less than Hamilton had both not been killed (politically for Burr). He was a noble and intelligent man, failed politician, taking life in a less serious philosophical manner than what a statesman were required.

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mjcuaycong
Dec 05, 2012

I waited months for this book but couldn't get through the whole thing. Similar to Julian, Gore Vidal's other biographical novel, it is written through both the subject and one of the characters in the book who is supposed to be writing the subject's biography. It jumps between the "current" life of an elderly Aaron Burr and the young biographer and the younger Burr found in the manuscripts. Again, this is similar to the template in Julian. Maybe that was why I found it less interesting - same structure, just different time and characters. These characters seemed less interesting and more angry/faulty than in Julian...all our "founding fathers" seemed to have had their warts revealed in this book.

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