Was Aaron Burr a traitor or a patriot? Did he kill Alexander Hamilton in that historic duel in self-defense? Did he deserve his infamy or was he a political scapegoat? In an extraordinary narrative, a historical novel probably without precedent to American literary annals, Gore Vidal illuminates the tumultuous career of the nations third Vice President-a man of immense charm, wit and intelligence, an accomplished scamp whom women found irresistible-and surrounds him with a gallery of Founding Fathers, etching their portraits in acid, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Lafayette, Marshall.
Vidals novel is a masterly satire, an engrossing piece of magic and a devastating picture of our young republic.