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The Golden Age A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Gore Vidal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375724818
ISBN-13: 9780375724817
Sku: 30766917
Publish Date: 9/1/2001
Pages:  480
Age Range:  NA
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The final volume in Vidal's celebrated and bestselling series of "American Chronicle" novels is a unique pageant of the American experience from the U.S. entry in World War II to the end of the Korean War. A "New York Times" Notable Book.
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THE GOLDEN AGE is Vidal's crowning achievement, a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire. The sharp-eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Hollywood actress turned Washington D.C., newspaper publisher, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea. They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into the Second World War, and, later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decade-long twilight struggle against Communism--developments they regard with a decided skepticism even though it ends in an American global empire. The locus of these events is Washington D.C., yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts. In addition to presidents, the actual characters who appear so vividly in the pagea of THE GOLDEN AGE include Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Willkie, William Randolph Hearst, Dean Acheson, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Alsop, Dawn Powell--and Gore Vidal himself.

THE GOLDEN AGE offers up U.S. history as only Gore Vidal can, with unrivaled penetration, wit, and high drama, allied to a classical view of human fate. It is a supreme entertainment that is not only sure to be a major bestseller but that will also change listeners' understanding of American history and power.A vivid, kaleidoscopic fictional narrative of American history from 1939 to 1954 follows the seminal events--World War II and the Cold War--and personalities that transformed America from a republic to an empire, as seen through the eyes of Caroline Sanford, a Hollywood actress turned Washington newspaper publisher, and her nephew, Peter Sanford. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
THE GOLDEN AGE concludes Vidal's series of American historical novels with a story set between 1939 and 1954--the World War II era and the Cold War years. A movie actress turned journalist and her nephew, a newspaper publisher, provide the vision through which Vidal examines America's evolution into a powerful global empire. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.THE GOLDEN AGE concludes Vidal's seven-volume series of American historical novels with a tale set between 1939 and 1954--the World War II era and the Cold War years. A movie actress turned journalist and her nephew, a newspaper publisher, provide the vision through which Vidal examines America's evolution into a powerful global empire. The book aroused controversy because of Vidal's assertion that FDR was responsible for the Pearl Harbor attack, as a way of getting Americans to support a US entrance into the war. In THE GOLDEN AGE, Vidal is writing about his own times, and even gives himself a cameo appearance. A New York Times Notable Book for 2000.
Author Bio
Gore Vidal
Born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, Vidal spent a significant portion of his childhood reading to his blind grandfather, Senator T. P. Gore of Oklahoma. As a consequence, he has been heavily influenced by works of politics and history. He served aboard an Arctic transport ship during World War II but was discharged due to rheumatoid arthritis; he published his first novel in 1946, at the age of 21, based on his experiences at sea. In the 1950s, Vidal began writing screenplays and dramatic works for the stage, but returned to writing novels in 1964, with JULIAN, his first historical novel--a best-seller that showed him one of the directions his career should take. It was followed a few years later by his outrageously successful MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, which showed him another. Well known as a writer of both historical potboilers and transgressive metafictions, several of which have been made into films, Vidal has also run for--though not been elected to--Congress and the Senate. He has been outspoken as a homosexual and as a professed and unshakable atheist. In a memorable 1972 interview, he said, "There is not one human problem that could not be solved, if people would simply do as I advise."


Literary Review
"There is a clear loss of vitality once the novel enters the Truman era....Yet the bold sweep of Vidal's design continues to enthral...." - John Dugdale September 2000

"[Vidal is] our most gifted essayist but, loath as I am to say this, such is my esteem for him, he is not quite our most gifted novelist. Still, his peerless prose alone is enough to recommend THE GOLDEN AGE, the concluding volume in his American Chronicle series. It's typical Vidal: very witty, very smart, never boring--what a swell party this is! [But] you...know there's going to be some score settling...and more than a little smug self-congratulation. (Vidal's irritating habit of being so cleverly cruel at the expense of some pompous prig or fool almost makes you feel sorry for the person.) But then playing to the balcony is Vidal's weakness. His fictional creations can seem mere stand-ins for ideas or types; they don't come to life, unlike his brilliant pen portraits of Wendell Wilkie, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Joe Alsop or Tennessee Williams." - George Rafael 09/20/2000

New York Times Book Review
"Vidal is best on the surface. His account of the 1940 conventions is a real romp. He depicts F.D.R. with irreverent skill....But the broad picture Vidal paints is simply unconvincing. It is impossible to write persuasively about America's coming of age without some account of the rest of the world. Yet for Vidal, the actions of the country's ruling elite are always understood cynically in terms of domestic politics rather than realistically in terms of geopolitical necessities--an interpretation perhaps less accurate for the 1930's and 1940's than for any other period in American history." - Andrew Sullivan 10/01/2000

New York Review of Books
"THE GOLDEN AGE is Gore Vidal's elegiac historical novel about the twentieth century, and we seem to be in good hands." - Diane Johnson 11/19/2000

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