Here is the story of arguably America's finest hour; of the time when the twentieth century dawned, Queen Victoria died, and America, basking deliciously in excess wealth, rather thought it might snap up an empire of its own. Yet while politicians muse over the potential of China or the Philippines - even Russia - empires are being built at home; ...
Here is the story of arguably America's finest hour; of the time when the twentieth century dawned, Queen Victoria died, and America, basking deliciously in excess wealth, rather thought it might snap up an empire of its own. Yet while politicians muse over the potential of China or the Philippines - even Russia - empires are being built at home; railway empires; industrial empires; newspaper empires. Into this arena float the delectable Caroline Sanford, putative heiress and definite catch. Caroline is an oddity; she has been raised in France where they teach rich girls to talk and think. American society women, required only to think of themselves as the most interesting beings on earth, are rather alarmed. American men are amused - until Caroline shirks from marriage, sues her brother, buys a newspaper, and becomes that even greater oddity - a powerful woman. Mingling with the movers and shakers of the day - with President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Randolf Hearst, Henry James, the Astors, Vanderbilts and Whitneys - Caroline Sanford echoes the glorious passage of the United States as it sweeps into a new century, reaching boldly for the world.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-04-08 Lustbader (The Ninja, Shan) seems here to be attempting a combination of Shogun and The Godfather, with some Ludlum tossed in, but it doesn't work. Philip Doss, assassin for a secret U.S. agency, dies in a car wreck in Hawaii. Top Japanese gangsters, a Japanese business cabal and the U.S. agency all try to discover the culprit. Masashi Taki, head yakuza (Japanese Mafia) has plans to bomb China; the businessmen want to recover a secret diary wthat would expose and ruin them; and the secret agency is trying to find a very high-level mole. Doss's son Michael, painter and martial-arts ace, is recruited by his father's boss to solve the mystery, which, we are told in long flashbacks goes back to 1946 occupied Japan. What seems like a cast of thousands thrashes through 40 years of operatic plot that ends with a plop. We move across the Pacific, the past and the present, but the scenery never changes. Even with all the violence, the cardboard characters and inane plot have as much punch as cotton candy. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 1987-05-01 If the fifth volume in Vidal's bestselling American Saga seems formula perfected, at least Vidal's formula is to offer a delightfully entertaining, elegantly written novel that finds the author stylishly mixing real and imaginary characters, as he has in previous volumes of his history of the nation as seen through the life of one American family, ancestors of the Sanfords, the newspaper family first introduced in Washington, D.C., published 20 years ago. Blaise Sanford and his half-sister Caroline are the fictional protagonists in Empire, which sets the scene for that earlier novel and collects both the historical and fictional strands woven through Burr, 1876 and Lincoln. Empire probes the typically Vidalian underside of the presidencies of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt during the years after the Spanish-American War until 1906, when the U.S. replaced Britain as the world's greatest imperial power. The brilliantly characterized William Randolph Hearst (Blaise's mentor in the newspaper business) joins Vidal's vividly detailed gallery of historical rogues, along with the two presidents and, most interestingly of all, Henry Adams and Henry James, the historian and novelist Vidal appears to model himself on, who are paid serious, if deliciously off-color, homage. Vidal continues successfully to mine the ore that has turned him into America's premier historical novelist. 200,000 first printing; major ad/promo; BOMC main selection; author tour. (June 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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