American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America

American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America

by David O. Stewart

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In this vivid and brilliant biography, David Stewart describes Aaron Burr, the third vice president, as a daring and perhaps deluded figure who shook the nation’s foundations in its earliest, most vulnerable decade.

In this vivid and brilliant biography, David O. Stewart portrays Aaron Burr, the third vice president, as a daring and perhaps deluded figure who shook the nation’s foundations in its earliest, most vulnerable decade. Stewart’s vivid account of Burr’s tumultuous life offers a rare and eye-opening description of the brand-new nation struggling to define itself.


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ISBN-13: 9781439157206
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 385,110
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America; The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution; Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy; and American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Stewart’s first novel is The Lincoln Deception.

Table of Contents

Leading Characters xiii

Part I 1

1 The Dark Star of the Founding 3

2 Do Not Play the Fool with His Name 13

3 The Duel 26

4 On the Frontier 44

5 The Restless West 55

6 Vice President Burr 72

7 "I… Shall Seek Another Country" 88

8 The Adventure Begins 97

9 Early Doubts 106

10 On the World Stage 116

11 Burr's Threats 124

12 The Baron of the Ouachita Valley 134

13 The Western World Ignites 143

14 High Water Mark 151

15 Dancing on the Sabine 159

16 The Daveiss Factor 168

17 Escape from Blennerhassett Island 177

18 Wilkinson Unchained 186

19 Burr in Chains 193

Part II 205

20 When Cousins Collide 209

21 What Is Treason? 220

22 Sympathy for Villainy 226

23 A Mammoth of Iniquity 239

24 Searching for an Overt Act 247

25 A Drawn Battle 259

26 To Britain 271

27 On the Continent 284

28 The History of Thy Crimes 294

Acknowledgments 307

Appendix 1 The Cipher Letter 309

Appendix 2 Indictment, United States v. Aaron Burr 313

Appendix 3 United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3 (Treason Clause) 317

Notes 319

Illustration Credits 389

Index 391

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