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Burr by Gore Vidal
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I read this when it was first published and didn't have that fond a memory of it, but I reread it for the November 2016 (Presidents, Veeps, and Elections) topic of the Reading Through Time group and enjoyed it quite a good bit. I think, perhaps, you may need to be a bit older when reading it, or have a bit deeper understanding of American history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, to catch the humor in Burr's catty voice – a cattiness, of course, that one associates with Vidal himself. ( )
  CurrerBell | Nov 6, 2016 |
This is both a book to respect and to enjoy. Vidal delivers. Intelligent, but smooth. The story moves along flawlessly, achieving a wonderful steady momentum. He does not duck from the complexity of the political landscape- rather going a step further, to add nuance to the period’s conflicts. Plus, he gives us an unforgettable hero/villain in Burr; daring in his youth, devastatingly charming as an old man. I am thoroughly impressed by this book. ( )
  Alidawn | Jan 29, 2016 |
Vidal writes great historical fiction and this is a great one for him. Character motivation makes for a wonderful focus. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Nearly as good as Lincoln but the Helen Jewett subplot was a mistake. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
ארוך, מייגע, לא באמת מצחיק ולא באמת מעניין. אכזבה ​גדולה למעריץ של וידאל כמוני. אולי אם הייתי אמריקני​ ושוחה בחומר הייתי נהנה יותר.​ ( )
  amoskovacs | Nov 14, 2015 |
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For my nephews Ivan, Hugh and Burr
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A Special Despatch to the New York Evening Post:
Shortly before midnight, July 1, 1833, Colonel Aaron Burr, aged seventy-seven, married Eliza Jumel, born Bowen fifty-eight years ago (more likely sixty-five but remember: she is prone to litigation!).
We do not want the old to be sharper than we. It’s bad enough that they were there first, and got the best things.
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Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its most worldly, knowing, and ironic observers.

Burr is a portrait of perhaps the most complex and misunderstood of the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. Burr retains much of his political influence if not the respect of all. And he is determined to tell his own story. As his amanuensis, he chooses Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, a young New York City journalist, and together they explore both Burr's past and the continuing political intrigues of the still young United States.

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A fictional memoir illuminating Aaron Burr's life and times, highlighting his political accomplishments and fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton.

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