Empire: a novel

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Ballantine Books, 1987 - Fiction - 473 pages
18 Reviews

In this extraordinarily powerful epic Gore Vidal recreates America's Gilded Age—a period of promise and possibility, of empire-building and fierce political rivalries. In a vivid and beathtaking work of fiction, where the fortunes of a sister and brother intertwine with the fates of the generation, their country, and some of the greatest names of their day, including President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, William and Henry James, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and the Whitneys, Gore Vidal sweeps us from the nineteenth century into the twentieth, from the salvaged republic of Lincoln to a nation boldly reaching for the world.

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Review: Empire (Narratives of Empire #4)

User Review  - Kevin Cole - Goodreads

Vidal's flowery writing in full bloom. I miss the controlled language of old. Yet, the former does make for some funny descriptions. It's not a bad book, but I do miss the one character I cling to ... Read full review

Review: Empire (Narratives of Empire #4)

User Review  - Cindy - Goodreads

Not since Catch 22 have I invested so much time into understanding and appreciating a book. Quite coincidentally, I bought both of them at a dilapidated barn filled with used books for a buck in Searsport, Maine. Read full review

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Gore Vidal is the author of twenty-two novels, five plays, many screenplays and short stories, more than two hundred essays, and a memoir. Two of his American chronicle novels, Lincoln and 1876, were the subject of cover stories in Time and Newsweek, respectively. In 1993, a collection of his criticism, United States: Essays 1952-1992, won the National Book Award. He divides his time between Ravello, Italy, and Los Angeles.

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