Re: New book says Aaron Burr was a British spy
- Whoa, more bad news about Vice-President Burr! (All of a sudden Agnew
and Cheney look like comparatively okay Veeps.) I thought this one was
Aaron Burr : Conspiracy to Treason (Hardcover)
by Buckner F. Melton Jr.
"Aaron Burr's contemporaries did not think very highly of him.
Alexander Hamilton, who could not know how prescient he was, called
the vice president "a dangerous man, and one not to be trusted with
the reins of the government." John Adams exclaimed that Burr was an
"encouragement to party intrigue, and corruption!" Others referred to
him as a "modern Machiavelli." And Burr, as Melton shows, had little
trouble living up to his reputation. Feeling spurned by his own
partner in office, President Jefferson, who indeed had little
affection for him, Burr set out to make his own fortune by conspiring
to unite the territory west of the Mississippi and secede from the
United States. Plotting elaborately, Burr tried to play the English
government against the U.S. and manipulated the Spanish government in
an attempt to gain access to its western territory. But Burr's
reputation had long preceded him, and both the British and the
Spanish, as well as numerous would-be supporters like Andrew Jackson,
turned Burr in to Jefferson as a traitor. Although Burr was never
convicted of treason, he left the U.S. soon after his highly
publicized trial and died a broken and lonely man. Melton, a professor
of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides a
scintillating blow-by-blow account of Burr's treason trial,
introducing players like Judge John Marshall who were to become key
figures in the history of U.S. jurisprudence. Drawing on the rich
documentary history of the Burr conspiracy case, he weaves a
spellbinding tale of betrayal and intrigue against the backdrop of a
new nation struggling to define its laws and its geographical
boundaries. Maps and illus."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
> The Most Successful Spy in American History: Author
> Uncovers the Secret Truth About Aaron Burr
> Dr. Alan J. Clark has been decoding the mysteries of
> history for years. Through an exhaustive study of
> Aaron Burr's coded letters written during the time of
> the American Revolution, the historian has uncovered
> evidence that may clarify our understanding of US
> history, while it simultaneously reveals some
> fascinating and startling facts about our political
> (PRWEB) November 27, 2005 -- Early American history is
> considered linear, simple and straightforward, but
> upon closer scrutiny we find all sorts of bewildering
> and unexplained riddles.
> Dr. Alan J. Clark who, like Gore Vidal, the author
> of Burr: A Novel, and Dan Brown, the author of The
> DaVinci Code, attended The Phillips Exeter Academy
> has been decoding the mysteries of history for years.
> Through an exhaustive study of Aaron Burr's coded
> letters written during the time of the American
> Revolution, the historian (who was also in George W.
> Bush's class at Yale) has uncovered evidence that may
> clarify our understanding of US history, while it
> simultaneously reveals some fascinating and startling
> facts about our political origins.
> Dr. Clark's findings are explained in his new book
> Cipher Code of Dishonor: Aaron Burr, an American
> Enigma (Author House, 2005). By using evidence gleaned
> from genealogical records, archival documents and
> letters, and publicly recorded deeds to property,
> Clark scrutinizes the relationship between Aaron Burr
> and the British Crown. Burr was a Colonel in George
> Washington's army and later served as the Vice
> President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson.
> Dr. Clark's book reveals that Burr was also the
> greatest spy and traitor in American history.
> Clark studied battlefield accounts from the
> Revolutionary War and found compelling evidence that
> Burr sold wartime military secrets to the British and
> arranged for Washington's armies to be ambushed,
> almost costing us the war. History books tell us that
> Benedict Arnold was a traitor and a spy. But according
> to Dr. Clark he did not act alone, and actually worked
> in concert with a British espionage ring organized by
> Aaron Burr.
> Clark's research also indicates that Burr who killed
> New York assemblyman and representative to the U.S.
> Constitutional Committee Alexander Hamilton, the
> former Secretary of the Treasury and an author of the
> Federalist Papers, during a pistol duel planned the
> duel as a way to legally assassinate Hamilton, who had
> never trusted Burr, always suspecting that he was a
> But Dr. Clark does not limit his fact-finding to early
> American history. He further reveals a political and
> financial connection between the British Crown and
> wealthy New York City landowners, and offers insight
> into why Great Britain is now the staunchest supporter
> of the US War on Terror. A 99-year lease for the World
> Trade Center was signed a few months before the 9/11
> attacks, and Clark's book ties that $3.2 billion real
> estate contract directly to the present day income of
> the Royal family of England.
> By uncovering the truth of our nation's history, Dr.
> Clark helps us to preserve its legacy for future
> generations. He has learned secrets from the American
> past that are 250 years old, and his discoveries may
> be more relevant today than ever before. After all,
> the keys of the past have the potential to unlock our
> future, even if a few skeletons are found in closets
> along the way.
> For a review copy of the book or to set up an
> interview with Dr. Alan J. Clark for a story, please
> contact Jay Wilke at 727-443-7115, ext. 223.
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