Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

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Penguin, May 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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A controversial challenge to the works of Ron Chernow and David McCullough

Lin-Manuel Miranda's play "Hamilton" has reignited interest in the founding fathers; and it features Aaron Burr among its vibrant cast of characters. With Fallen Founder, Nancy Isenberg plumbs rare and obscure sources to shed new light on everyone's favorite founding villain. The Aaron Burr whom we meet through Isenberg's eye-opening biography is a feminist, an Enlightenment figure on par with Jefferson, a patriot, and—most importantly—a man with powerful enemies in an age of vitriolic political fighting. Revealing the gritty reality of eighteenth-century America, Fallen Founder is the authoritative restoration of a figure who ran afoul of history and a much-needed antidote to the hagiography of the revolutionary era.

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In this flawed work about one of American history's most fascinating characters, Isenberg (history, Univ. of Tulsa;Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America ), an unabashed Aaron Burr apologist ... Read full review

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