The Great American Rascal: The Turbulent Life of Aaron Burr (Paperback)

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On July 11th, 1804, Aaron Burr faced and killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

These two men have received new interest following the success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical, Hamilton, but who was the real Aaron Burr?

Noel B. Gerson uncovers the rise of a man who lost his father at the age of one, entered Princeton as a sophomore at thirteen, took part in Colonel Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec, became a national hero for saving an entire brigade from capture during the New York Campaign, and after the war rose to become a leading figure in New York politics, becoming vice-president in 1800 before the infamous duel occurred four years later.

Yet, the story of Aaron Burr does not end there. Gerson goes on to expose the rest of his long and turbulent life, providing insight into the western conspiracy, the trial for treason, and his struggle to return to America after four years of self-imposed exile in Europe.

This book is an engrossing biography of one of the most notorious figures in the history of the United States. It is an ideal read for those who wish to find out more about a person who could have been one of the greatest of Americans, in an age of giants, but whose personal flaws ultimately led to his demise.

"Very interesting reading... it runs with the speed of a novel and the vividness of phrase of an acute commentator... Meant to be read... and boy, is it readable " - Bestsellers

"The extraordinary vitality and charm of Burr come through in this swift-moving and wholly admirable book." - Christian Science Monitor

"Moves faster than most historical novels because Burr was quicker and more unbelievable than most fictional heroes... an enjoyable, lively account of a fascinating figure." - Mankind Magazine

"An absorbing biography of the Revolutionary war hero... the author portrays Burr as a brilliant man with an overwhelming ego and charm to match - a con man, forger, sharpshooting bully mistrusted by Washington and Jefferson, yet able to rise to high office in a career that occasionally suggests some modern parallels." - Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781800550957
ISBN-10: 1800550952
Publisher: Sapere Books
Publication Date: January 4th, 2021
Pages: 286
Language: English