Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr #(2020)

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

  • Title: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
  • Author: Nancy Isenberg
  • ISBN: 9780670063529
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr By Nancy Isenberg,



This definitive biography of the revolutionary era villain overturns every myth and image we have of him The narrative of America s founding is filled with godlike geniuses Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson versus the villainous Aaron Burr Generations have been told Burr was a betrayer of Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas All untrue He did noThis definitive biography of the revolutionary era villain overturns every myth and image we have of him The narrative of America s founding is filled with godlike geniuses Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson versus the villainous Aaron Burr Generations have been told Burr was a betrayer of Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas All untrue He did not turn on Hamilton rather, the politically aggressive Hamilton was preoccupied with Burr and subverted Burr s career at every turn for than a decade through outright lies and slanderous letters In Fallen Founder, Nancy Isenberg portrays the founders as they all really were and proves that Burr was no less a patriot and no less a principled thinker than those who debased him He was an inspired politician who promoted decency at a moment when factionalism and ugly party politics were coalescing He was a genuine hero of the Revolution, as much an Enlightenment figure as Jefferson, and a feminist generations ahead of his time A brilliant orator and lawyer, he was New York s attorney general, a senator, and vice president Denounced as a man of extreme tastes, he in fact pursued a moderate course, and his political assassination was accomplished by rivals who feared his power and who promoted the notion of his sexual perversions Fallen Founder is an antidote to the worshipful biographies far too prevalent in the histories of the revolutionary era Burr s story returns us to reality to the cunning politicians our nation s founders really were and to a world of political maneuvering, cutthroat politicking, and media slander that is stunningly modern.


Recent Comments "Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr"

Nancy Isenberg has a valid argument that Aaron Burr has been grossly misjudged by history However, her restoration is tainted by her devotion to the man Isenberg s Burr is a brilliant, progressive, selfless hero who deserves a spot on the pantheon of America s founders His enemies were small, vainglorious, hypocrites who only served their own interest She attacks other writers, such as Ron Chernow, for upholding the standard story Isenberg may have a point, but I think the truth lies somewhere b [...]

Spent a lot of this wanting to give Nancy Isenberg a hug It s okay, Nancy, I would say to her It s okay I know all those people who wrote all those other books said mean things about Aaron Burr I know It s okay But look You have this opportunity here to tell me all about him in clear and precise language And sometimes you totally are accomplishing that, and sometimes you are being awfully reactionary and shadowboxery I did not write the lousy things about Aaron Burr, after all I actually didn t [...]

This was a very irritating biography.To her credit, Isenberg is less credulous than other Burr biographers and generally brings a healthy level of skepticism to some of the fantastic claims made about him Her discussions of Burr s marriage and parenting of the younger Theodosia are also good.Isenberg is significantly less successful in her treatment of Burr s politics Though her description of Burr s political niche is excellent, her attempt to portray him as politically principled completely f [...]

It is time to start over, contends Nancy Isenberg in her iconoclastic Fallen Founder The Life of Aaron Burr Burr is, of course, infamous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel But historians have also branded Burr a Machiavellian villain who schemed to deny Thomas Jefferson the presidency and most likely committed treason, even though he escaped conviction.Ms Isenberg faults historians and biographers for not examining Burr s papers although many were lost, thus obscuring the man, she acknowle [...]

In the course of my readings of the early history of our country the name of Aaron Burr has popped up several times I admit that prior to reading this book I didn t know much about this man other than what most others knew I knew that he almost stole the presidency from Jefferson in 1800 and that he killed Hamilton in a duel I believed, from my reading, that he had been something of a vain political opportunist and a scoundrel I recently ran across his name again and decided that I had to know [...]

Yes, Aaron Burr was scheming a lot to invade Mexico and Florida, but the author makes the point that there was a lot of that going around During Polk s presidency we did end up annexing Mexico And Andrew Jackson went into Florida, creating the crisis that allowed us to buy it Burr may have been just as interested in claiming Mexico or Florida for the US as setting up a new Republic But there was no truth to the charge that he also was going to invade Washington and take over the US government.As [...]

One of the most interesting and overlooked aspects of Aaron Burr s life is his deep and abiding friendship with philosopher Jeremy Bentham an intellectual kinship that led to Burr lodging in Bentham s London residence, the Bird Cage , after Burr s public disgrace and legal exoneration in 1807 Hell, Burr even crawled through Bentham s attic to retrieve and read some manuscripts, such was his interest in the utilitarian s work and thought Burr s lodging with Bentham is a perfect window into the na [...]

How you approach a biography of one of the truly mysterious figures of America s Founding Era Well, if you re Nancy Isenberg, you make it clear to the reader in the Introduction that you are the first PROFESSIONAL historian to write a biography of Aaron Burr and that everything you ve read about him is WRONG How do we know this Because this book was written by a PROFESSIONAL historian And being written by a PROFESSIONAL historian, you know what s you re about to read is PROFESSIONALLY written, b [...]

Only about one year ago I logged onto So occasionally I go back and write a review of something I read many years earlier This is the case with Fallen Founder by Nancy Isenberg Overall, I did not enjoy this book I found Isenberg s take on Aaron Burr having been misjudged by historians rather incredulous I have read countless books on the Revolutionary Era, the Founding Fathers, the duel between Burr and Hamilton, three separate biographies on the man who died as a result of said duel, and about [...]

Aaron Burr is often seen as the villain of the founding generation Most people don t realize that the man who killed fellow founder Alexander Hamilton in a duel was also the grandson of famed preacher Jonathan Edwards, as well as the 3rd Vice President of the United States If things fell a little differently in the election of 1800, Burr s name would have forever been cemented among the legacy of the founding generation of Presidents Isenberg seeks to rescue Burr s reputation, laying out a case [...]

It has not been too often in the history of our country that the Vice President of the United States kills the former Secretary of the Treasury and gets away with it But then, rancorous as our current political scene might be, it barely holds a candle to the extreme partyism of the era when political parties in this case the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans first appeared The truth is that the toxic enmity between the Vice President Aaron Burr and the former Secretary of the Treasury A [...]

Fallen Founder by Nancy Isenberg is probably the first time anyone since the 19th century has seen the real Aaron Burr He has become a parody and most historians ignore his important, nearly unique voice in the founding of our country He was good looking, intelligent, and passionate The book is very meticulously researched with massive notes in the back It is well written and covers Burr s professional, political, and private life as completely as will probably ever be done It provides a rare gl [...]

I am unsure of how to even begin with this book Isenburg paints Burr as a true hero of America and consistently rails against historians for their unfair portrayal and misrepresentation of Burr and just accepting historical myth as fact however, in the same breath, she accepts certain other propaganda as fact without ever questioning it It seems like it s never Burr s fault, it s everyone else s and anyone who opposes Burr is vainglorious, bumptious, arrogant, and, in almost all cases, out to ge [...]

If Nancy Isenberg s research, premise and conclusions are all correct, then Arron Burr is the most maligned man in American History He s also the grandson of Jonathan Edwardswhat a crazy small country we used to have Political history is written by political victors, and Aaron Burr had many successful political enemies, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson No wonder people thinks so badly of Burr today.

Isenberg starts out by assuring me that the scurrilous lies about Burr, the Nearly Stolen Election, the Western Treason charges, his reputation as a depraved sexual libertine, are totally trumped up charges and everybody else was doing it too.I threw up my hands and said Relax, book, I don t know ya boy Burr, except for that Got Milk commercial But I ve met some Richard III apologists and so I can understand where you re coming from And knowing how books like Chernow s Alexander Hamilton played [...]

I usually do my best to avoid bad books, but here I accidentally ran across one and I recommend that you stay away.The only thing I agree with the biographer about is that Aaron Burr deserves a fresh, balanced treatment he is indeed so poorly and, at times, so one sidedly mentioned in other books that this is not fair to him and to us as readers of popular history books.But I have to agree with some of the other lower star reviewers here there is just too much subjectivity and idiosyncratic inte [...]

Persuasive argument that Aaron Burr has been unfairly maligned as an ambitious, amoral man without principle Isenberg presents of portrait of a patriot of progressive and liberal views, whose political enemies happened to have the last word Burr deserves reconsideration as one of our most interesting founders.

Burr is maligned in almost everything this lay reader of history picks up In the wonderfully readable Alexander Hamilton, RonChernow gives extensive documentation of Hamilton through primary sources He relates the character Aaron Burr primarily from Hamilton s acrimonious writings of his rival and other newspaper representations Chernow explains Burr s never fighting back as evidence of Burr s shallowness, lack of opinion or tenacity.Isenberg defends Burr through primary sources about him, not w [...]

Not being an historian of any sort myself I haven t taken a proper history class since my junior year of high school in 1996 97 , I have to admit that I am no authority on the American Revolution.With that admittance out in the open, Nancy Isenberg s thoroughly researched 2007 biography of the controversial Aaron Burr is absolutely convincing in painting its portrait of a man who has been short changed in the larger eye of history Taking into account the hyper partisan press, the Alexander Hamil [...]

This book is a very compelling guide to the life, personality, and times of Aaron Burr, the most mysterious and most vilified of the founding fathers Isenberg s portrayal is both realistic and forgiving At times, the author does seem to be apologizing for Burr s many historical idiosyncrasies, but overall the book does a great job in defining why Burr Acted as he did during the election of 1800, the closest election in American history there was a tie between Burr and Jefferson how Burr did not [...]

My first thought after finishing this book is that it is good to know that there have been two perfect human beings in history Jesus Christ and Aaron Burr.Ok, so that might be a bit of hyperbole This book was basically written in a way that tells the reader that all of the Founding Fathers, and all historians since, are wrong about Aaron Burr and that he is actually the victim of a political conspiracy by people both in and against his political party This attitude applies to all of the famous e [...]

While probably an intriguing book, I am unsure of how far I can trust the author One of her main points sems to be that Burr was before his time, and that he was a good father and a great man However, Burr s status as a slave owner in the north is not discussed in any detail I was told that, with the duel coming up, he wanted one of his slaves freed, and another man, who was described as basically the best, smartest, most amazing servant ever, to be inherited, in the case of his death, by his gr [...]

Deep sigh I really don t know where to start with this one I was debating between giving it a one star review or a two, because for all the book s faults it had some interesting information on regional politics in the 1790s and early 1800s, but ultimately, when you hover over the single star on , what does it say I did not like it And that s exactly what happened for me with this book I didn t like it One might accuse me of bias a quick look at my favorites shelf shows my adoration for Chernow s [...]

What a butthead, that Aaron Burr Fellow founders Adams, Washington, Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton whom he fatally shot in the hip in that infamous 1804 duel could not abide him and never trusted him a bit Nevertheless, he grumpily served as Jefferson s first vice president following the messy corrupt 1800 national election After a crazy separatist adventure out West, Burr stands trial for treason in 1807 and is acquitted except in the court of public opinion, where his sexual s, urbanity and e [...]

This book says that the things we have all thought about Aaron Burr are wrong and shows why and how he got the reputation he did I like the Aaron Burr she talks about It is a bit difficult to read because she uses a lot of quotes from letters and they did write in a very different way than we do To describe my feelings about Aaron Burr I am going to use a quote from the author Burr was, in fact, the odd man out, but not because he lacked character He was odd because he was the only founder to em [...]

This book was not worth the read Although it wasn t long Isenberg provided a good level of detail, I continually felt like the author was writing about her secret love Burr has been a his and a byword in political circles and indeed he did great things although he is defined by his dual with Hamilton and as a result he doesn t get a fair shake from most historians I felt like Isenberg was making up for this by leaning too far in support of Burr She portrayed him as a victim not of his own making [...]

I enjoyed this book It was well written and fascinating I admit that I have long been an admirer of Burr and also long been aware that he had his warts as did Hamilton and Jefferson That, I suppose is one advantage of being the daughter of a historian who felt it was his duty to disabuse me of false impressions garnered from the simplistic views of history taught during my public school days.That said, I am not a historian my nature or design but I do enjoy reading about history and I found the [...]

There s always a need for revisionist history, if only to play the role of devil s advocate and keep us honest in our assessment of people and events in time However, what there is never a need for and is always a danger in biographical writing is an apologia It s almost cliche that it s impossible not to fall in love with the object of your biography and yet, the author has fallen very far foul of this very fact I love the idea that perhaps Aaron Burr wasn t all about sleeping with half of colo [...]

Very interesting take on Aaron Burr, who most famously killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel Most writings on Burr have been critical, and of course, written by his detractors.The author of this book researches his life and gives us a factual and unbiased view of Burr s life She doesn t paint him as an angel, but neither is he the villain and traitor that the Jefferson and Hamilton crowd paint him out to be.It s a shame that these types of books are rarely read by people nowadays I m a huge fan o [...]

I learned a lot about Aaron Burr, which was why I bought the book But I only give the book two stars because I felt the author tried way too hard to justify Burr s decisions I felt like I was reading something written by his daughter or granddaughter and found it tiresome I would have been happy just reading about Burr, the life he led, the decisions he made, etc without the constant attacks on Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and other Founding Fathers Further, the constant references to progres [...]


  • [Æ Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr || ↠ PDF Read by Ù Nancy Isenberg]
    195 Nancy Isenberg
  • thumbnail Title: [Æ Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr || ↠ PDF Read by Ù Nancy Isenberg]
    Posted by:Nancy Isenberg
    Published :2020-05-14T12:48:34+00:00