Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg, Scott Brick (Translation)



5 of 5 stars  *****

There are other biographies on Aaron Burr that are less partial to this founding father of the United States of America. This reviewer reads several reviews of Nancy Isenberg's rendition during its reading to discover some history enthusiasts prefer one authors version over the other. Ron Chernow is one of the favorite biographers on this list. 

Having read Alexander Hamilton's biography, by Ron Chernow, I see the similarities between these two historical figures, regardless of any favoritism between the two men or their biographers. They are both formidable minds eloquent enough to refute the other with logic and reason on opposing issues. Aaron Burr's mental prowess also rivals Thomas Jefferson's in the political arena; thus, posing a threat to Jefferson's power as well. This clash of reputable titans unfolds in the telling of Burr's story.

I especially like Isenberg's explanations at the end of the biography where she answers questions this reader develops during its reading. The impression that men and women change across time challenges the reader to ponder, "In what significant ways?" After one reads Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, it is easier to believe that mankind's competitive nature is the source of much grief and sorrow amid its honorable aspirations. Even those who realize this fall prey to its power.