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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Isenberg Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Generations have been told that Aaron Burr was a betrayer—of Alexander Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas. But that version has been shaped by historians and writers from the eighteenth century on who were blinded by tabloid reports and propaganda created by Burr’s political enemies during his lifetime. It is time to discover the real Aaron Burr.

Nancy Isenberg’s eye-opening, painstakingly researched biography reveals a true patriot. A brave participant in the Revolutionary War and an Enlightenment figure as much as Jefferson, he was a feminist and an inspired politician, statesman, and legislator who promoted decency instead of the factionalism that threatened the solidity of the young nation. He was a brilliant orator and lawyer who served as New York’s attorney general and senator, before his election as vice president.

Burr was, in short, a loyal citizen who had the bad fortune to make a powerful enemy early in his career. Alexander Hamilton was preoccupied with Burr for more than a decade, and subverted his career at every turn through outright lies and slanderous letters. Hamilton and Burr’s other political rivals successfully denounced Burr as a man of extreme tastes, but the facts show him to be a man of moderation and open-mindedness generations ahead of time.

Isenberg shows the gritty reality of eighteenth-century America, with its cutthroat politics, partisan maneuvering, sexual indiscretions, financial fiascos, and media slander. A brilliant restoration of a figure who ran afoul of history, Fallen Founder is a stunningly modern story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Isenberg’s meticulous biography reveals a gifted lawyer, politician and orator who championed civility in government and even feminist ideals, in a political climate that bears a marked resemblance to our own.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] sterling biography.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Full of insight and new research. It is an important and engaging account.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth | 2/12/2014

    " Really trying something new. It took a long while to finish this book. My dog misses her long walks. Nice historic perspective to hear. Lots of cultural and social details of the time, which helped put context to the historic facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Damian | 2/6/2014

    " Think today's political climate is bad, holy crap read this book and see why there was a duel. There was a organized political vendetta against this man, and while he had his failing the story that is told in this book will show you politics has not changed, in fact it has tamed since the founding of our country "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gary | 1/24/2014

    " a very good resource, but the author discounts all prior study of burr in the introduction, and at times she comes off as infatuated with him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rick Hautala | 1/13/2014

    " At times a little too much about the politics and legal stuff, and not the real life ... you know, daily life. Still, though, a fascinating and unique take on a much-misunderstood man ... Really good stuff! "

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