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Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Disappointing

    I found this book to be disappointing at best. As for my reasons, I can do little more than reiterate what the previous reviewers have stated. The author's use of strange metaphors, unnecessary mention of current events and difficult-to-interpret sarcasm serve as constant distractions and often make the reader wonder what exactly it is that he's talking about. Perhaps this style of writing would appeal to some but, for an avid reader of early American history I found this book to be far less enjoyable than I had hoped. I should also mention that there are a select few 'historical facts' that I found to be very questionable. I hate to be so negative but I really didn't like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Too snippy for my liking

    I must say I was disappointed in this book. For one thing, I found most of the 21st-century asides to be very jarring, seemingly coming at random. I managed to stick it out to the end, only to have Vidal close his book by recounting a conversation he had with Jack Kennedy about the founding fathers. That bit of name-dropping was entirely unnecessary, and did nothing to improve my opinion of the book overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    The Art of the Essay

    Gore Vidal is the greatest living American man of letters. I believe I have read every word he has ever published. As much as I love his novels, I believe it is his essays that will stand the test of time. This book is a gem -- witty, informative, insightful, exciting, and never conventional. It is a great mind at play. It is history brought alive. It is not for the literal- minded or those who prefer saints to men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    Halfway through, thinking about closing it for good

    I didn't know much about Gore Vidal before I bought this book. I bought the book because of the title, the cover illustrations of Washington, Adams and Jefferson, and because of my interest in American history. Halfway through it right now, I'm very tempted to close the book for good and move on another work whose sentences and paragraphs I don't have to reread and then reread again in order to understand Vidal's points, and sometimes be frustrated that I still don't understand what he's trying to communicate to the reader. I'm assuming that Vidal thinks the real meaning of his constant attempt at witty sarcasm will be clearly understood by the reader, but he's wrong if this is his intention. I bought this book more to learn about historical facts than to struggle through Vidal's awkwardly written and disagreeable opinion. The more I write here, the more confident I am that I've seen the inside of this book for the last time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    This is not the whole story

    Gore Vidal has made the same erroneous assumption that somehow our nation was founded as a result of the actions by Washington, Adams and Jefferson. While these three geat men were the ones who actualized the Constitution as the first three Presidents under it, the story is much deeper than this. The foundation for this nation was laid down by other visionaries who were the originators of many of our ideas of government. And while these three individuals participated in this foundation, they were only a part of a larger mosaic of leaders who formulated the basis of the nation that we now call the United States. For a deeper and more original account of this story, I recommend that you read my book entitled 'The First Executives: Lives and Events in the Shadow of the American Revolution.'

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