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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David O. Stewart Narrator: Andrew Garman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781461847106
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A spellbinding storyteller, historian David O. Stewart traces the canny and charismatic Aaron Burr from the threshold of the presidency in 1800 to his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Stewart recounts Burr’s efforts to carve out an empire, taking listeners across the American West as the renegade vice president schemes with foreign ambassadors, the US general-in-chief, and future presidents.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A proven storyteller, David O. Stewart takes us on a wonderful journey back to a fascinating chapter of American life: the challenges and controversies embodied in Aaron Burr. American Emperor is a great tale.”

    Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • American Emperor offers a compelling, provocative portrait of Aaron Burr…a skilled historian and a splendid storyteller, Stewart makes the most of the episode and its…cast of characters.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “A fresh, vivid exploration of the exploits and trial of Aaron Burr…Two parts adventure story and one part courtroom thriller…A persuasive, engaging examination of the post-political career of a shadowy and much-maligned figure from the era of the Founders.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Stewart’s sympathetic but unapologetic study of the enigmatic Burr…transcends its subject in exposing the frailty of early America’s westward ambitions. Highly recommended for readers of Revolutionary-era biographies and early US history.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steele At | 1/7/2014

    " Burr, not a bad thinker, but not that deep either. Good read, subject matter depressing. Not a hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi Omiecinski | 12/24/2013

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK! Well researched and highly readable. I would recommend it to anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Van Ness | 11/29/2013

    " Unveiling the complexity and contradiction in our American history, this was an excellent read. Using letters, documentation, editorials and more, the author offers a realistic and balanced portrait. As far as storytelling, well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/10/2013

    " A little clunky at times, this book helped give me a decent picture of Burr's odd activities after his vice-presidency. It was the only book on the topic at the bookstore and I needed to do a project for it, so it sufficed, but it wasn't as comprehensive as I would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/18/2013

    " Lively, well written -- sometimes a little confusing on the details of Burr's plot, but the last few chapters are terrific. All in all, an illuminating account of a chapter in our history that is well worth learning about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/3/2013

    " I thought this was a great story. We don't often hear about the story of Aaron Burr and his expedition, but it's a really interesting story that is well-presented in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Staley | 7/27/2012

    " Incredibly insightful book on Burr's quest to seize lands from Spain on the modern day border of Louisiana and Texas. What could have been... "

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About the Author

David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. His bestselling books include The Summer of 1787, which won the Washington Writing Award; Impeached; American Emperor; and the novel The Lincoln Deception, which was hailed as the best historical novel of the year by Bloomberg View.

About the Narrator

Andrew Garman is a television, film, and voice actor. His acting credits include the film Julie & Julia and appearances the television series Law & Order, Mercy, and Conviction. Among his audiobook narrations are Arcadia by Lauren Groff, Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette, and Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank, among others.