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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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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by The New York Times Book Review,
"Dazzling....Burr is wicked entertainment of a very high order."
by The Boston Globe,
"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."
by The New Yorker,
"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."
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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