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Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    Was a Learning Experience

    As an example of the headline, I had forgotten that Burr was the Vice President of the United States when he faced Alexander Hamilton in the infamous duel.

    And as VP, a few weeks after the duel he was the presiding officer of the United States Senate.

    The author is very sympathetic to Burr - and as such she is in the minority, both amongst historians as well as amongst Burr's contemporaries.

    But - all the charges against Burr were refuted in open trials - maybe it is correct to return him to a place of honor amongst the founding generation?

    Read, and read some more, and decide for yourself.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended - Challenges our Mythological American History.

    For history lovers for sure. Clearly written, well researched and an enlightened view of a vice-President who has been maligned far too long. History has too be objective and report both sides of an historical figure. Too often, person's go disgraced when they don't stand up and speak or write for themselves in the face of critics or foes. Perhaps we need to reassess without bias what a person's true contribution to our history is. Read it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Burr is still Burr

    Nancy Isenberg has a very nice writing style -- very smooth, very fluid. Be that as it may, the author fails in her attempt to rehabilitate Aaron Burr's reputation. It has the pitch and deft touch of revisionist propaganda: Oh, he wan't THAT bad.' Well, yes he was. But if you're a feminist, and/or relish sympathy for the devil, you-will-love . . . this book. And Feminism is the one PC sicpassim you can count on to greet you in every fluid, apologetic chapter though, I must confess, it's odd that late seventeenth and early eighteenth century mores seem to be ignored with the exception of the duel at Weehawkin. That said, given the times and the totality of circumstacnes juxtaposed beside Burr's supposed feminism, not to mention his Ephialtesian mind-set, in the final analysis, or so it seems, Isenberg reveals a startling paradox: testosterone really does matter. To exonerate Burr as the scoundrel he is often made out to be or to plead that he is only one of many who was victimized by other Children of the Enlightenment or, perhaps, 'not so bad' as compared to the other Founding Fathers well, then, the narrative should have caught the wave and particle connections through the the prism of the founding era rather than from the singular angle of the 21st century's moral relativism. Isemberg's writing style is very, very nice. But -- at least for me -- she vandalized, what should have been a fine piece of work, with too much of the 'F' word.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

    a scholarly and thorough biography

    well written and worth the price

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Really enjoyed this thoughtful, well-researched reconsideration

    Really enjoyed this thoughtful, well-researched reconsideration of Burr.  History has largely ignored the reasons why he was such a rising young star among the founding generation, in favor of unquestioning acceptance of his villainy.  This book restores some well-deserved luster to his oft-maligned reputation. In the end, we are left with a more plausible human replete with myriad accomplishments and failures, in lieu of the villainous caricature of American mythology. Refreshing read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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