The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr

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by R Kent Newmeyer

Bottom Line I think this book is written for lawyers.  I was hoping for a lot more history  and context of for Burr and there was very little.  It is exactly what it says on the tin though and focused a lot on the trials, people, and legal precedents that came out of this trial.  For me it doesn’t really explain the legal concepts and distinctions and assumes I may already know then.  Although there are footnotes they are source citations and not explanatory.

The expectations are mine, could be a fine book for the legal side of things but I didn’t enjoy reading it very much.  It reinforced my view of Jefferson as a conniving meddler getting others to do his dirty work but pretending to remain above it all.



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