The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis (Hardback)James E. Lewis (author)
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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 728
Weight: 1134 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 mm
"2017 Finalist in History, ForeWord Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards"
"Longlisted for the 2018 Cundill History Prize, McGill University"
"Were he to read a book, the President of the United States might profit-ably begin with James E. Lewis's The Burr Conspiracy, an authoritative account of the tortured relationship between intelligence and executive power."---Edward G. Gray, Times Literary Supplement
"Instead of offering his own narrative of the conspiracy, Lewis reconstructs the `stories' Americans told themselves in order to decide what Burr's aims were, how he succeeded in winning the support of several hundred men who knew about his plans, and what these events said about the stability of republican government in general and the US in particular. . . . No one can doubt Lewis's diligence as a researcher."---Eric Foner, London Review of Books
"In The Burr Conspiracy, James Lewis . . . provides an exhaustive and informative account of the myriad ways in which Burr's contemporaries struggled to make sense `of swirling rumors and conflicting reports' about the expedition, Burr's trial, and its aftermath. . . . Lewis' splendid book will appeal to readers who enjoy getting into the weeds. It also serves as a cautionary tale for our times." * Tulsa World *
"Did Aaron Burr conspire to overthrow the government, dismember the union, or make himself emperor of Mexico? Lewis's compelling history shows how frustrated efforts to answer these questions reflected deep-and amply justified-anxieties about America's future. The Burr Conspiracy offers a dazzling portrait of the new nation in the grip of a profound existential crisis, and a mirror for our own critical times."-Peter S. Onuf, coauthor of "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
"An impressive piece of work. Lewis weaves together countless pieces of evidence to tell a tale that goes far beyond the Burr Conspiracy, exploring how Americans at the time made sense of the conspiracy and plumbing the larger implications."-Joanne B. Freeman, author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic
"Lewis has produced a masterful and insightful account of the Burr Conspiracy that brilliantly redirects our focus from the events to the robust spin that participants and observers placed on the episodes from the beginning. By shifting from actions to interpretations, he offers the best take we are likely ever to have on the supposed conspiracy."-Alan Taylor, author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804