Too bad this comes so close to publication of Holmes Alexander's Aaron Burr: The Proud Pretender (Harper) -- see page 517. They follow so closely the same trails that there scarcely seems place for both. And yet both are readable -- both sincere -- both adequate. The Alexander book is more aggressively critical of Burr, this one glosses over and dramatizes his character a trifle. But incident after incident is virtually identical. This is, perhaps, a more colorful picture, and emphasizes the middle years, where the other is more analytical and shows the disintegration of the man, and the basic reasons for it. This, perhaps, for more popular sale; the other for more substantial reference.