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He was a Revolutionary War hero, a prominent New York politician, and a U.S. vice president, but Aaron Burr is best remembered today as the villain who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
Historian H. W. Brands reveals another facet of Burr’s character in his new biography, The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr. This Burr was also a man before his time—an early proponent of equality between the sexes well over a century before women got the vote. Brands draws on Burr’s extensive, witty correspondence with his daughter Theodosia to trace the arc of Burr’s scandalous political career, but also includes the touching story of a father’s love for his exceptional daughter, which remained constant even as he was buffeted by one personal crisis after another.
Brands, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr (Anchor Books) is available for signing.