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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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"Dazzling....Burr is wicked entertainment of a very high order." The New York Times Book Review

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"A tragedy, a comedy, a vibrant, leg-kicking life....All of this and much, much more is told in a highly engaging book that teems with bon mots, aphorisms and ironic comments on the political process....Enlightening, fresh and fun." The Boston Globe

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"A novel of Stendhalian proportions....It is probably impossible to be an American and not be fascinated and impressed by Vidal's telescoping of our early history....Always absorbing." The New Yorker

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Brilliantly realized, enormously readable, Gore Vidal's #1 best seller paints a fascinating portrait of Aaron Burr, who lived out his long life partly as a suspected traitor and partly as one of the most heroic and colorful founding fathers.

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clairePA, June 15, 2011 (view all comments by clairePA)
If you want your early American history told in a pleasurable and knowledgeable way Gore Vidal's your man. Using the figure of Aaron Burr as the basis of the novel, Vidal levels down such giants as Washington and Jefferson to human scale and also brings us a lively view of New York City in the early nineteenth century.
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flyaway, August 21, 2007 (view all comments by flyaway)
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS PROBABLY THE WORST BOOK IN ALL OF HISTORY. HAHAAHH get it? its a book about history. nvm.

Anyway, I had to read this book for my US History class and it's so boring and very difficult to read. I would rather read the dictionary than this novel. By the way you need a dictionary to read this thing.
TRust me~!!! I am a huge book worm and I thought this one was terrible.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375708732
Author:
Vidal, Gore
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Vice-presidents
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Vice-Presidents -- United States
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. 609
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.95 in 0.7 lb

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Product details 448 pages Vintage - English 9780375708732 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dazzling....Burr is wicked entertainment of a very high order."
"Review" by , "A tragedy, a comedy, a vibrant, leg-kicking life....All of this and much, much more is told in a highly engaging book that teems with bon mots, aphorisms and ironic comments on the political process....Enlightening, fresh and fun."
"Review" by , "A novel of Stendhalian proportions....It is probably impossible to be an American and not be fascinated and impressed by Vidal's telescoping of our early history....Always absorbing."
"Synopsis" by , Brilliantly realized, enormously readable, Gore Vidal's #1 best seller paints a fascinating portrait of Aaron Burr, who lived out his long life partly as a suspected traitor and partly as one of the most heroic and colorful founding fathers.
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