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Archive for November 2011

On the Road Again

I’ll be working my way up the East Coast this week, spreading the Gospel of Burr in book talks.  Do come out and say hello! Monday, 7:30 p.m.:  Princeton NJ Public Library Tuesday, noon:  92Y/Tribeca (NYC) Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.:  John Carter Brown Library, Providence Thursday, Boston [private event] Friday, noon:  Federal Bar Ass’n meeting, DC.…

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Old Friends

Over the last few months, I’ve been able to spend time with a lot of old friends.  It started over the summer, when about 35 of us from college, mutually stunned by turning 60 or the prospect of it, organized an informal reunion.  There have been meals and overnights with college roommates, law school classmates,…

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Burr on Staten Island

As a dutiful son of Staten Island, I have been warmed to know that Aaron Burr died in September 1836 in a hotel in Port Richmond, on the island’s north shore. Port Richmond was a short sail across the Kill Van Kull from Elizabethtown, New Jersey, where Burr grew up.  I like to think the old…

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Burr on Trial!

On Friday, November 11, Aaron Burr faced a panel of judges again.  This time, though, AB (as he signed his letters) was portrayed by the irrepressible Prof. Ronald Collins, while the judges were an eminent group of Washington-based jurists of the 21st century:  Chief Judge Andrew Effron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

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All Burr, All the Time, No. 3

I seem to have stirred up a partisan hornet’s nest with a piece on this morning, wondering whether Aaron Burr and Dick Cheney should be deemed our “most notorious VP.”  (Hint:  Cheney wins.) American Emperor got a sweet review as a “gripping new book” from Jeff Ayers of the Associated Press.  So far, the…

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All Burr, All the Time, No. 2

Just back from the first week of intense promotion of American Emperor, and the feeling out there was great: Started this week in Louisville at the Filson Historical Society, where the crowd topped a hundred and they were deep into the Burr story. Then on to the Atlanta History Center where 170 Georgians filed in…

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