By Gore Vidal
For readers who can’t get adequate of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s beautiful novel approximately Aaron Burr, the guy who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel—and who served as a winning, if usually feared, statesman of our fledgling country.
Here is a rare portrait of 1 of the main complicated—and misunderstood—figures one of the Founding Fathers. In 1804, whereas serving as vp, Aaron Burr fought a duel along with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was once arrested, attempted, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an getting older statesman thought of a monster by means of many. yet he's made up our minds to inform his personal tale, and he chooses to divulge heart's contents to a tender long island urban journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. jointly, they discover either Burr's past—and the continued civic drama in their younger nation.
Burr is the 1st novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence, which spans the historical past of the U.S. from the Revolution to post-World struggle II. With their huge canvas and sprawling solid of fictional and ancient characters, those novels current a landscape of yank politics and imperialism, as interpreted by way of certainly one of our so much incisive and ironic observers.