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The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr - (American Portraits) by H W Brands (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 192

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Historical

Series Title: American Portraits

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Anchor Books

Age Range: Adult

Author: H W Brands

Language: English

Street Date: May 1, 2012
TCIN: 77254672
UPC: 9780307743268
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-3228
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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H. W. Brands brings to life Burr's forgotten contributions as a Revolutionary War hero and politician, as well as the shame that shadowed him for the rest of his life after Hamilton's death. --The New York Times

Intense. . . . Short, accessible . . . tightly focused work. . . . In The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, Mr. Brands goes beyond what is commonly known about Burr to show his more admirable side, which lay in his developing the mind and character of the treasure of his life, his daughter Theodosia. --The Washington Times

"Tightly crafted. . . . Aaron Burr is our Founding Father in the shadows. So often the gifted American who gut-shot Alexander Hamilton on a sheltered rocky ledge in Weehawken, N.J., is remembered as a nasty piece of work. . . . The flawed, fascinating pol has been the subject of many biographies. But in H.W. Brands' beguiling 192-pager, The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, the grandson of Calvinist preacher Jonathan Edwards steps off the page with customary aplomb--not as a cartoonish villain but as a cultured, considerate and caring father who was a Princeton graduate at 16, a hero of the Revolution at 20, New York state attorney general at 30 and U.S. senator at 35. . . . Like Herman Melville, who swept us back to 19th-century New Bedford's Spouter-Inn in Moby-Dick, Brands transports us to a room on Stone Street in New York 'on this eighth day of June, anno domini 1812.' . . . And it's [Burr and Theo's] highly literate, lively correspondence that leavens this revealing book and makes its subjects spring to life." --Austin American-Statesman

"Although Burr is the subject of numerous biographies, Brands' use of the letters between Burr and Theo, named after her mother, allows a somewhat different perspective. As the title may suggest, this sketch seems to look more at Burr the man than the other categories in which he could be placed--politician, duelist, accused traitor. While Brand concisely covers the breadth of Burr's life, it is clear that the father-daughter relationship was an extraordinary one." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Compelling. . . . A softer perspective of one of American history's most controversial figures. It's true Burr gets a bad rap. . . . The letters give us an authentic glimpse of his personality while nicely mirroring the dramatic political landscape (duels, deals and treason) of the time." --Austinist

"Brands reveals another side of Burr in this examination of his extensive correspondence with his beloved daughter, Theodosia. . . . The letters deal with more than personal relations, as Burr discourses upon subjects as varied as sexual equality and political rivalry. . . . This useful, often emotionally stirring work offers a surprising view of an enigmatic personality." --Booklist

"The second in the author's series entitled American Portraits, this is one of the increasingly popular 'small stories' that give so much insight into the men, women and events of history. A short but thrilling page-turner. Brands burrows into Burr's psyche and exposes his failings as he details the outstanding talents that were so sadly wasted." --Kirkus Reviews

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