Schemer. Had two or three events turned out differently in the early 19th century, the United States would be a different place today. Attorney David O. Stewart brings a lawyer’s discipline and a litigator’s story telling together in a fascinating new book titled, American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Burr is one of the most engaging characters in American history, and Stewart presents Burr’s vision of new society made up of the disgruntled communities around the Gulf of Mexico and the wide open Western part of the United States. Burr’s schemes are presented as treasonous and appealing to the secessionist leanings in many parts of the fragile new republic. Burr tried to capitalize on those sentiments and he came very close to achieving his vision. Fans of American history are those readers most likely to enjoy this finely written account.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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