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Aaron Burr: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Aaron Burr and the Most Famous Duel in American History

Narrated by: Duke Holm
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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Explore the captivating life of Aaron Burr and his duel with Alexander Hamilton.

Based on his early achievements, Aaron Burr, Jr., should have become an obscure but respected figure in American history. An officer in the Continental Army, a high-flying lawyer, and an influential politician, his career peak was becoming the third vice president in US history.

But after all these achievements, Burr's name is now associated with corruption and cruelty. He killed a man in an illegal duel while in office, and interest in that man, Alexander Hamilton, has revived Burr's reputation as one of history's villains. It was a reputation earned not just through the duel, in which he killed one of the brightest lights in the political firmament, but through a treasonous conspiracy after leaving the vice presidency.

Who was Aaron Burr? What drove him to such achievements and such failures? And how did a respected politician become a publicly reviled villain? Pick up this audiobook now to find out.

This audiobook covers Aaron Burr as:

  • A young man
  • A revolutionary
  • A politician
  • A vice president
  • A duelist
  • A conspirator
  • And an exile

Get the audiobook now and learn more about Aaron Burr!

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accurate historical facts

Such attracting historical facts that revolves around the controversial Aaron Burr. I’ve just unraveled how Aaron Burr and Hamilton lead their lives similarly and how they ended up in a duel. It has specifically portrayed the nastiness of politics and power at their time.

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Smart, fun to listen too

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This is a great story about Aaron Burr. Never knew how it happened.The Burr-Hamilton duel is one of the most famous personal conflicts in American history. It was a drawing duel which arose from long-standing personal bitterness that developed between the two men over the course of several years. Tensions reached a boiling point with Hamilton's journalistic defamation of Burr's character during the 1804 New York gubernatorial race, in which Burr was a candidate Recommend it.

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the essence of whom may never be known.

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He could be egocentric, obstinate and overly ambitious. But what ultimately this thoughtful biography proves is the maxim so well presented in the final scene of the now classic .when the Senator states, "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend".

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Amazing just like Amazon

The reader is presented with pieces of the complex mosaic that was Aaron Burr, but they don't necessarily fit together.OVERALL great book.

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Can't stop listening to it

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The perfect narrator and ending with the perfect conclusion.This caused me to fall in love with the history of my country, and I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

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Nothing much changes but good

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facts, political explanations about the founders' differences and motives, and a list of characters broad enough to capture even the most mundane participants in America's earliest days. But authors wove all that together into an exciting tale told by the perfect narrator and ending with the perfect conclusion.

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A New Perspective!!!

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Burr may be the key to understanding that whole period. Also had some very interesting insights on the role of land speculators - they were as sleazy as their current descendants (real estate speculators)

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An informative about the great person

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The Author has done a good job dredging up correspondence, memoirs and official documents relevant to the life of Burr. Nonetheless, at the end of the book, Burr continues to be a somewhat shadowy and controversial figure.

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Emperor is about a lot more than Aaron Burr

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Although the author is clearly a partisan of Burr's, this book reflects serious scholarship and a more realistic characterization of the behavior, partisanship, and viciousness of the American republic's first three decades, in which Burr played a crucial role.

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it's about an astonishing time in American hist

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It is expected that politicians relish power but our system of democratically elected government depends on a certain honor from our elected officials that Burr sorely lacked but was supposedly willing to defend in a duel with Alexander Hamilton.

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  • Brantley
  • 04-05-18

An Entertaining Narrative

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lots of history here that were never covered in school. Gets a little tedious when going over both of their affairs with women.Enjoyed the narrative of the feud that developed between two very important men soap opera!n wh helped to found our nation.

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  • Wayne
  • 04-05-18

A Captivating Guide

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Actual stimulating read. A boundless judgment of both men. Suspicion is risky. It was pleasant education info that was glossed finished in the department. Brilliant book on two exclusive persons.

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  • Bart
  • 04-05-18

The Duel

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This book is full of information that I never knew or had forgotten. It was exciting to see that both men were too stubborn too and ambitious by their own personalities to stop the duel that coast Alexander Hamilton his life

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  •  Nikolai
  • 04-04-18

Nice

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What motivates him? How did he get so far into the crime without the authorities intervening to prevent it? Aaron Burr is a historical figure, whom we remember marginally at best from our United States history classes, with vague opprobrium.

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  • Dayni Vasili
  • 04-02-18

One of the most extensively researched biographies

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Fallen Founder attempts to take Burr out of the villain category and return him to the status of a genuine hero. Burr's ideas appear to be based entirely upon personal enmity instead of practical concerns that the new American Republic should not also fall into chaos and dictatorship.

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  • Brantley jase
  • 04-02-18

Brilliant stuff

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If you are looking for a pro-Burr book this is hands down the best one to start with. We do early American leaders no favors by insisting they be demi-gods. A more balanced, clear-eyed assessment of Burr, warts and all, would have made this book a more valuable contribution.

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  • Rowan Elian
  • 04-02-18

A Well-Rounded Portrait of Burr

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this book went in depth up to his death, which arrived the day of his divorce to a 60-year-old socialite. Interesting book. Very pro-Burr, anti-Jefferson and neutral towards Hamilton. Extremely enjoyable.

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  • Jacey Leesha
  • 04-02-18

Politics and ambition

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Fascinating book with great detail about the life of a brilliant man and American Founder.Tremendous job by the Captivating History Staff.

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  • Fable
  • 04-02-18

Fabulous!

Arron Burr's equally remarkable life and his very misunderstood. Misrepresented role in our country's founding was needed. This book fills that void.

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  • S. Earla
  • 03-31-18

The untold side of the story of Aaron Burr

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Very interesting view of a much maligned military and political figure. Interesting man, makes me look at early American history differently.