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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.
I have regarded Gore Vidal with great ambivalence, admiring, among only a handful of his writings that I have tried, City and the Pillar and not much else other than some of his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LSteel
This is the first novel of Gore Vidal that I have read, and will certainly not be the last. Admittedly, by not having read him earlier, there was a major lacuna in my historical... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John P. Jones III
This book was interesting because of its cynicism -- Vidal was writing about 1876 and the corruption of American politics but it really felt like a critique of his own times. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerry Borrowman
I first read this book, set in our country's centennial year, when it came out in time for our bicentennial in 1976. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Curtis Arluck
Good book. Not sure how much liberty the writer took with the facts in
a historical novel.
I thought Lincoln and Burr were terrific novels and would highly recommend them. 1876, for me, simply did not measure up. Read morePublished 17 months ago by APK
I was torn with this book. The details, characterizations, the intimate knowledge of the period were mesmerizing. Read morePublished 24 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