Jefferson's Vendetta

Jefferson's Vendetta

The Pursuit of Aaron Burr and the Judiciary

Book - 2005
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Generations of Americans have known Thomas Jefferson as one of our unambiguously great presidents, a man of honor and optimism unencumbered by pettiness and spite; and so they have known Aaron Burr, his greatest adversary, as a traitorous would-be destroyer of that distinguished legacy. In Jefferson's Vendetta, Joseph Wheelan examines one of the eminent political rivalries in our history, set against the backdrop of postcolonial Virginia, and discovers a truth vastly different from what is taught in high schools and universities. Here is Burr, the flawed but gifted politician who made powerful enemies because his charm and skill rivaled Jefferson's own, and who trusted the fairness of American democracy too deeply to rebut the wild criticisms aimed at him by slanderers in the U.S. government. Supreme Court chief justice John Marshall is also presented, who knew that he and his weakened federal judiciary could be redeemed by a few shrewdly considered words--or condemned by miscalculated ones--during America's first "trial of the century." Lastly, in vivid detail, is Jefferson, whose obsessive crusade to destroy Burr was undone by one mammoth but historically overlooked miscalculation. Eight pages of illustrations are featured in this detailed account of an historic reversal of roles.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, c2005
ISBN: 9780786714377
Branch Call Number: E302.5 .W497 2005x
Characteristics: 344 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm


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Feb 17, 2013

"Here is Burr, the flawed but gifted politician who made powerful enemies because his charm and skill ..." Bogus, bogus, bogus, an historically bogus book. I recall, during a research paper I was doing at the Library of Congress, many years ago during college, stumbling upon a copy of the financially criminal charter for banks for all eternity for New York, inserted by the master crook, Aaron Burr. Flawed? Definitely corrupt and a crook and financial fraud, which was why Alexander Hamilton quickly distanced himself, and condemned Burr in the public press. (CIrcumstances around Jefferson, Adams and their professional relationship with Burr are somewhat murky, but would highly recommend Forrest McDonald's most amazing biography on Alexander Hamilton.) Burr was a scoundrel of the first level, nothing positive about that crook.


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