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
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. Download and start listening now!