Gore Vidal, one of the master stylists of American literature and one of the most acute observers of American life and history, turns his immense literary and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. In "Inventing a Nation, "Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the ...
Gore Vidal, one of the master stylists of American literature and one of the most acute observers of American life and history, turns his immense literary and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. In "Inventing a Nation, "Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms (and bedrooms), the convention halls, and the salons of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and others. We come to know these men, through Vidal's splendid and percipient prose, in ways we have not up to now--their opinions of each other, their worries about money, their concerns about creating a viable democracy. Vidal brings them to life at the key moments of decision in the birthing of our nation. He also illuminates the force and weight of the documents they wrote, the speeches they delivered, and the institutions of government by which we still live. More than two centuries later, America is still largely governed by the ideas championed by this triumvirate. "Pure Vidal. . . . "Inventing a Nation" is his edgy tribute to the way we were before the fall."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review " "[Vidal offers] details that enliven and . . . reflections on the past that point sharply to today." --Richard Eder, "New York Times " "An engaging [and] . . . unblinking view of our national heroes by one who cherishes them, warts and all."--Edmund S. Morgan, "New York Review of Books" "[Vidal's] quick wit flickers over the canonical tale of our republic's founding, turning it into a dark and deliciously nuanced comedy of men, manners, and ideas."--Amanda Heller, "Boston Sunday Globe" "This entertaining and enlightening reappraisal of the Founders is a must for buffs of American civilization and its discontents."--"Booklist" "Gore Vidal . . . still understands American history backwards and forwards as few writers ever have."--David Kipen, "National Public Radio"
Our goal with every sale is customer satisfaction, so please buy with confidence. Every order is shipped the same day or the next day. This is a used book in good condition and may show some signs of use or wear.
Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may not include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!
Good. 0300105924 AtAGlance Books--Orders ship next business day, with tracking numbers, from our warehouse in upstate NY. Items may show light signs of wear. Items may contain some light highlighting or underlining. Textbooks may not include CD, DVD, or other supplemental materials. Due to our large sales volume, all items are listed in 'good' condition. Send us a message for more information.
Mr. Vidal's take on the Founders, who were not so much sacred as human, and what their conflicts reveal about the nation's course in its history. Not as finished as Mr. Vidal's usual work, but as he is past 80 now we are lucky to have it at all. Insightful, provocative, fundamental.
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.