Empire

Empire

by Gore Vidal
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Empire by Gore Vidal

"Mr. Vidal demonstrates a political imagination and insider's sagacity equaled by no other practicing fiction writer I can think of. And like the earlier novels in his historical cycle, Empire is a wonderfully vivid documentary drama." —The New York Times Book Review

In this extraordinarily powerful epic Gore Vidal recreates America's Gilded Age—a period of promise and possibility, of empire-building and fierce political rivalries. In a vivid and beathtaking work of fiction, where the fortunes of a sister and brother intertwine with the fates of the generation, their country, and some of the greatest names of their day, including President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, William and Henry James, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and the Whitneys, Gore Vidal sweeps us from the nineteenth century into the twentieth, from the salvaged republic of Lincoln to a nation boldly reaching for the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375708749
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Series: International Series
Edition description: VINTAGE
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 473,927
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over 200 essays, and a memoir.

Hometown:

La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 3, 1925

Place of Birth:

West Point, New York

Education:

Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We will never get defeated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In case we are defeated and seek refuge. (Which will never happen.) But just in case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel from the sequence of Narratives of Empire reveals Vidal predisposition as a playwright; whereas, in previous novels the reader is reading firsthand the journal of an historical character. Each description is a stage setting where Vidal directed the dialogue and movement of his actors. The major challenge for leisurely reading would be the descriptive references which are highly cultured and may be seen as pretentious by some.
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