Generations of Americans have known Thomas Jefferson as one of our unambiguously great presidents, a man of honor and optimism unencumbered by pettiness and spite; and so they have known Aaron Burr, his greatest adversary, as a traitorous would-be destroyer of that distinguished legacy. In Jefferson's Vendetta, Joseph Wheelan examines one of the eminent political rivalries in our history, set against the backdrop of postcolonial Virginia, and discovers a truth vastly different from what is taught in high schools and universities. Here is Burr, the flawed but gifted politician who made powerful enemies because his charm and skill rivaled Jefferson's own, and who trusted the fairness of American democracy too deeply to rebut the wild criticisms aimed at him by slanderers in the U.S. government. And here, in vivid detail, is Jefferson, whose obsessive crusade to destroy Burr was undone by one mammoth but historically overlooked miscalculation. Exquisitely researched and brilliantly written, Jefferson's Vendetta challenges the blackened legacy of Aaron Burr and shows the beloved President Jefferson mired in the kind of hateful and manipulative politics that tradition has depicted him as rising above.
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Joseph wheelan's Jefferson's Vendetta, as I found through a thorough historical analysis of its accuracy, is very factual. Somehow, however, Wheelan presents true history down to the smallest details, in such a way that I, for one, forgot for a moment that I was reading nonfiction. Even through all of the hard legal chapters of the trial, Wheelan keeps the reader's attention through his personification of historical figures. He conveys all of the character's feelings so intensely that readers do not feel as though these are the heroes and villains of the past, but rather either close friends or bitter enemies of themselves. Packed with quotes that blend in so well with the rest of the words that they almost go unnoticed, Jefferson's Vendetta is a brilliant book which showcases Joseph Wheelan's obvious ability to walk the fine line between dry factual history and entertaining fiction, pulling the best from each. I recommend this book to any person of any age who wants to learn but not have facts forced upon them. It's a true pleasure to read, and, as with any good book, leaves the reader with more than they started with.