The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

by Gore Vidal
     
 

Six essays on the theme of empire and republic, with particular focus on the national security state and the failure of the U.S. economic system.

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Six essays on the theme of empire and republic, with particular focus on the national security state and the failure of the U.S. economic system.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Prolific essayist, novelist (Burr et al.), screenwriter (Suddenly, Last Summer), playwright (The Best Man), and sometime political candidate Vidal quotes the definition of palimpsest as " `a parchment which has been written upon twice; the original having been rubbed out.' " This particular memoir of his first 39 years (1926-65), says Vidal, has "many rubbings-out and puttings-in," which may explain its many-layered nature and the bare nod to chronology, with flashbacks and flashforwards and curious juxtapositions of friend and foe. In it he blithely skewers both family and friends (or ex-friends)-particularly his alcoholic mother, the Auchinclosses, John and Jackie Kennedy, Anas Nin and other literati, and too many more to recount-with nasty revelations. But Vidal is still a stylish writer, and those not put off by the mean-spiritedness of these self-serving memoirs and fascinated by the literary, political, and entertainment worlds of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s may want to read this. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/95; BOMC and Quality Paperback selections; New Yorker serial, Oct. 2.]-Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878825001
Publisher:
Odonian Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Real Story Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.30(d)

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