One of the nation’s most respected historians and a two-time finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize, H.W. Brands has the rare gift of investing historical
narrative with unmatched verve and insight. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr sheds
light on the life of the third vice president of the United States, a man who
is perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. However, as
Brand demonstrates in this fascinating portrait, Burr was also a man before his
time—a proponent of equality between the sexes well over a century before women
were able to vote in the United States.
Through Burr’s extensive, witty correspondence with his daughter
Theodosia, Brands traces the arc of a scandalous political career and the early
years of American politics. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr not
only dramatizes through their words his eventful life, it also tells a touching
story of a father’s love for his exceptional daughter, which endured through
public shame, bankruptcy, and exile—and outlasted even Theodosia’s tragic
disappearance at sea. Download and start listening now!