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American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America Paperback – Illustrated, October 16, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 77 ratings

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""American Emperor" offers a compelling, provocative portrait of Aaron Burr....a skilled historian and a splendid storyteller, Stewart makes the most of the episode and its...cast of characters." --"Kansas City Star"

"A fresh, vivid exploration of the exploits and trial of Aaron Burr... Two parts adventure story and one part courtroom thriller... A persuasive, engaging examination of the post-political career of a shadowy and much-maligned figure from the era of the Founders." "-Kirkus Reviews" (Starred)

"Great men behaving badly makes for entertaining reading...[this book] will keep [readers] turning the pages of this meticulous, almost day-by-day account of a plot so bizarre that it's hard to believe it actually happened." -"Publishers Weekly"

"Stewart strives admirably to sort through the maze of facts and speculations about the nature of the conspiracy and Burr's place in it. This is also a personality study of Burr, in whom Stewart sees an extraordinary combination of talent, vision, arrogance, and insatiable ambition....readers should enjoy this account of a dangerous episode that threatened our young republic." -"Booklist"

"Stewart's sympathetic but unapologetic study of the enigmatic Burr...transcends its subject in exposing the frailty of early America's westward ambitions. Highly recommended for readers of Revolutionary-era biographies and early U.S. history." -"Library Journal"

"With remarkable evenhandedness and superb pacing, David O. Stewart has given us a real Aaron Burr and a real Thomas Jefferson in a gripping narrative about a political adventure that might have changed the history of the United States and Mexico."

--Thomas Fleming, author of "Duel: Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and the Future of America"

"With remarkable evenhandedness and superb pacing, David O. Stewart has given us a real Aaron Burr and a real Thomas Jefferson in a gripping narrative about a political adventure that might have changed the history of the United States and Mexico."

--Thomas Fleming, author of "Duel: Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and the Future of America"

"A luminous portrait of Aaron Burr as well as the first high-definition picture of an endlessly baffling, infuriating, and mesmerizing life."

--Patricia O'Toole, "When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House"

"Aaron Burr is the American Lucifer, a figure of immense talents and heroic qualities whose voracious ambition thrust him into a position as adversary to the goodness around him. David Stewart captures this tale in all its drama, treachery, and historical dimension. This is a truly absorbing narrative."

--Robert W. Merry, author of "A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent"

Advance Praise for American Emperor

"A proven storyteller, David O. Stewart takes us on a wonderful journey back to a fascinating chapter of American life: the challenges and controversies embodied in Aaron Burr. "American Emperor" is a great tale."

--Jon Meacham, author of "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House"

About the Author

David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America; The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution; Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy; and American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Stewart’s first novel is The Lincoln Deception.

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  • Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1439157200
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1439157206
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.44 inches
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated Edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77 ratings