"When Aaron Burr appears as a hedonist, ...a gifted will-o-the-wisp who is (in his own eyes) his own best friend, he is a diverting creature. But Vidal-Burr, the personage who is writing an implausible apologia pro vita sua, and who pulls everybody down to somewhere below his own level, is not only mischievous, but often morose and usually redundant. The two live side by side, so that one is tempted to suggest that the novel is intended as the study of a split personality. As the last chapter convincingly demonstrates, however, it is far, far better when it is simply being a fantasy--a demonstration that comes to late to save the novel's reputation."Vidal, Gore is the author of 'Burr A Novel', published 2000 under ISBN 9780375708732 and ISBN 0375708731.