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Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg 0670063525 9780670063529
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Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg

This definitive biography of the revolutionary era villain overturns every myth and image we have of him The narrative of Americas founding is filled with godlike geniusesFranklin, Washington, Adams, Jeffersonversus the villainous Aaron Burr. Generations have been told Burr was a betrayerof Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas. All untrue. He did not turn on Hamilton; rather, the politically aggressive Hamilton was preoccupied with Burr and subverted Burrs career at every turn for more than a decade through outright lies and slanderous letters. In Fallen Founder, Nancy Isenberg portrays the founders as they all really were and proves that Burr was no less a patriot and no less a principled thinker than those who debased him. He was an inspired politician who promoted decency at a moment when factionalism and ugly party politics were coalescing. He was a genuine hero of the Revolution, as much an Enlightenment figure as Jefferson, and a feminist generations ahead of his time. A brilliant orator and lawyer, he was New Yorks attorney general, a senator, and vice president. Denounced as a man of extreme tastes, he in fact pursued a moderate course, and his political assassination was accomplished by rivals who feared his power and who promoted the notion of his sexual perversions. Fallen Founder is an antidote to the worshipful biographies far too prevalent in the histories of the revolutionary era. Burrs story returns us to reality: to the cunning politicians our nations founders really were and to a world of political maneuvering, cutthroat politicking, and media slander that is stunningly modern.

Author: Nancy Isenberg

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 544

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 2007-05-10

Our Price: $4.19

ISBN: 0670063525

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