By Gore Vidal
"Mr. Vidal demonstrates a political mind's eye and insider's sagacity equaled via no different practising fiction author i will be able to think about. and prefer the sooner novels in his historic cycle, Empire is a perfectly shiny documentary drama." —The long island instances booklet Review
In this terribly strong epic Gore Vidal recreates America's Gilded Age—a interval of promise and chance, of empire-building and fierce political rivalries. In a bright and beathtaking paintings of fiction, the place the fortunes of a sister and brother intertwine with the fates of the new release, their state, and a few of the best names in their day, together with President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, William and Henry James, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and the Whitneys, Gore Vidal sweeps us from the 19th century into the 20 th, from the salvaged republic of Lincoln to a state boldly attaining for the world.
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