Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

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From the author of White Trash, a controversial challenge to the views of the Founding Fathers offered by 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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Nancy Isenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller White Trash: The 400-year untold history of class in America. She is the coauthor, with Andrew Burstein, of Madison and Jefferson. She is the T. Harry Williams Professor of American History at LSU, and writes regularly for Salon.com. Isenberg is the winner of the 2016 Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was #4 on the 2016 Politico 50 list. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Charlottesville, Virginia.

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This is a book of revisionist history, well delivered and highly interesting. Isenbergs position is that Aaron Burr was far from being a scoundrel and traitor, as many of his contemporaries believed, because of the ranting of his political enemies. Burr was, rather, honorable to a fault, independent minded, highly intelligent, creative, and deeply talented in both politics and law--a thoroughly decent man. Golden Voice Scott Brick delivers the goods with the easy lan that has made him so popular as an audiobook narrator. His young-sounding voice is well paced and sometimes carries a hint of tension when the text demands it. He never bobbles pronunciation, even with the many foreign names. The entire package delivers. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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