American Emperor

Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America

American Emperor

In this vivid and brilliant biography, David O. Stewart portrays Aaron Burr, the third vice president, as a daring and perhaps deluded figure who shook the nation’s foundations in its earliest, most vulnerable decade. Stewart’s vivid account of Burr’s tumultuous life offers a rare and eye-opening description of the brand-new nation struggling to define itself.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439157206 | 
  • October 2012
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Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America

David O. Stewart takes a fascinating look at the young United States through the unlikely story of Aaron Burr, one of the most vilified and puzzling figures in our history.

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David O. Stewart

David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America; The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution; Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy; and American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Stewart’s first novel is The Lincoln Deception.