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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.
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