In spite of being a hero of the Revolutionary War, a prominent New York politician and Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr is best remembered as the cartoon villain who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. But as historian H.W. Brands demonstrates, Burr was also a man before his time. Unequivocally anti-slavery, he was also an early proponent of equality between the sexes well over a century before women were able to vote in the United States.
Through the years, Burr enjoyed an extensive, witty correspondence with his beloved daughter, Theodosia. Weaving key excerpts from these letters into the story, Brands traces the arc of Burr’s scandalous political career and the early years of American politics. He not only dramatizes Burr’s eventful life through their words, he also tells a touching story of a father’s love for his exceptional daughter, which endured through public shame, bankruptcy and exile—and ended with Theodosia’s tragic disappearance at sea in 1813.
Through a tight, focused narrative, The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr offers a multilayered portrait of one of the most compelling and misunderstood politicians in American history.
Softcover Book : 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor Books/Div of Random House ( May 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-523940
Product Dimensions: 5.187 x 8.0 x 0.48inches
Product Weight: 6.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)