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The Golden Age a Novel

by Gore Vidal

  • ISBN: 9780375724817
  • ISBN10: 0375724818

The Golden Age a Novel

by Gore Vidal

  • List Price: $16.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 09/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780375724817
  • ISBN10: 0375724818
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Description: The historical novel is once again in vogue, and Gore Vidal stands as its undisputed master. In his six previous bestselling American Chronicle novels -- Burr, Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, and Washington, D.C. -- he has created a fictional portrait of our nation from its founding that is unmatched in our literature for its scope, intimacy, political intelligence, and eloquence. Gore Vidal has defined "The Golden Age" in his essays as the period 1946-1950, the five-year hiatus between World War II and the Korean War when, freed from struggle and economic distress, America's writers and artists could create a vibrant new culture. He has adapted the phrase for the broader canvas of this novel, his crowning achievement, which spans 1939 through 1954 and takes in events that transformed the U.S. from a republic to a global empire.

The main witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, a Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher turned Hollywood pioneer producer-star, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and the publisher of an independent intellectual journal. They experience first hand the masterly maneuvers of FDR to bring a reluctant nation into WWII, and, later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decades-long twilight struggle against Communism. Also featured are 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 will change readers' understanding of American history andpower.

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