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Charles Schuyler, the narrator of Burr, returns to the United States after an absence of nearly 40 years, with his widowed daughter, Emma, in tow. While they try to find a suitably rich husband for Emma among the New York social set, Charles concentrates on the scandals in Washington--including accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice against Ulysses S. Grant--and the presidential race between Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden (Tilden apparently, in fact, won the election, only to have it taken away because of electoral fraud). Cameo appearances by Chester A. Arthur, Mark Twain, Charles Nordhoff, and others enliven the proceedings. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Recommended for fans of history/historical fiction.
Although the setting of the book is 1876, and the main narrator is Charles Schuyler, Vidal is clearly providing his critique of modern America.
I found the characters to be fairly one dimensional and, in the end, not that interesting (unlike the characters in Burr.)
I thought Lincoln and Burr were terrific novels and would highly recommend them. 1876, for me, simply did not measure up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by APK
I was torn with this book. The details, characterizations, the intimate knowledge of the period were mesmerizing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cian Beirdd
I couldn't get through this book because I found the characters uninteresting. Unlike Myra Breckenridge, which I couldn't put down and finished in two days. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Hannah
For the Bicentennial, Gore Vidal very cleverly set upon the idea of writing not about 1776 but about 1876, the year of the (somewhat underplayed) Centennial celebrations in... Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by Jay Dickson
This witty historical novel by the late Gore Vidal is centered around the disputed presidential election between the Democratic candidate Tilden and the Republican candidate Hayes. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by C. Griffith
I had a wonderful teacher in 11th grade, Ms. Styles, who taught American History, perhaps the best class I ever had, with an instructor who made history fun but sparked my... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Stacy Helton
After have read and enjoyed author Vidal's Lincoln and Burr I was to some extent disappointed with this book - the third in his semi fictional American History series. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Paul Brooks
This novel is Gore Vidal's fascinating look at the politics and society of the gilded age through his protagonist Charles Schuyler. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by whiteelephant