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

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 16, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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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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Very well written narrative history, focusing on Burr's attempt to invade Mexico, or seize New Orleans, or raise the West in rebellion, depending on which story the prosecutors were trying to pin on ... Read full review

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If remembered at all today, the nation's third vice-president, Aaron Burr, is known for his infamous and deadly duel with Alexander Hamilton. It may be during the years immediately following the duel ... Read full review

Contents

The Dark Star of the Founding
3
Do Not Play the Fool with His Name
13
The Duel
27
On the Frontier
44
The Restless West
55
Vice President Burr
72
I Shall Seek Another Country
88
The Adventure Begins
97
A Mammoth ofIniquity
239
Searching for an Overt Act
247
A Drawn Battle
259
26
271
44
283
On the Continent
284
Acknowledgments
307
Indictment United States v Aaron Burr
313

Early Doubts
106
On the World Stage
116
Burrs Threats
124
The Baron of the Ouachita Valley
134
The Western World Ignites
143
High Water Mark
151
Dancing on the Sabine
159
The Daveiss Factor
168
Escape from Blennerhassett Island
177
Wilkinson Unchained
186
Burr in Chains xiii
193
13
197
Part II
205
What Is Treason?
220
Sympathy for Villainy
226
Notes
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Illustration Credits
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About the author (2012)

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.

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