Narratives of Empire

7 books in series
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Burr Publisher's Summary

For listeners who can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel - and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation.

Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated - and misunderstood - figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. Together, they explore both Burr's past - and the continuing civic drama of their young nation. 

Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series, which spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to post-World War II. With their broad canvas and sprawling cast of fictional and historical characters, these novels present a panorama of American politics and imperialism, as interpreted by one of our most incisive and ironic observers.

©1973 by Gore Vidal. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • Burr

    • A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 1)
    • By: Gore Vidal
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated - and misunderstood - figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist. Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally! Vidal's Great Take on the Life of Burr

    • By John Norton on 06-12-19
    • A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 1)
    • By: Gore Vidal
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 06-11-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 2

    • Lincoln

    • A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 2)
    • By: Gore Vidal
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal’s fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr; 1876; Washington, D.C.; Empire; and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite a disintegrating nation.

    • A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 2)
    • By: Gore Vidal
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 06-25-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 3

    • 1876

    • A Novel
    • By: Gore Vidal
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
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    The third volume of Gore Vidal's magnificent series of historical novels aimed at demythologizing the American past, 1876 chronicles the political scandals and dark intrigues that rocked the United States in its centennial year. 

    Regular price: $29.99

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  • Book 7

    • The Golden Age

    • By: Gore Vidal
    • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
    • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire.

    Also available abridged.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • remarkable novel, remarkable history

    • By connie on 05-16-09

    Regular price: $27.93