Empire: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2011 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Empire, the fourth novel in Gore Vidal's monumental six-volume chronicle of the American past, is his prodigiously detailed portrait of the United States at the dawn of the twentieth century as it begins to emerge as a world power.
------While America struggles to define its destiny, beautiful and ambitious Caroline Sanford fights to control her own fate. One of Vidal's most in-spired creations, she is an embodiment of the complex, vigorous young nation. From the back offices of her Washington newspaper, Caroline confronts the two men who threaten to thwart her ambition: William Randolph Hearst and his protégé, Blaise Sanford, Caroline's half brother. In their struggles for power the lives of brother and sister become intertwined with those of Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, as well as Astors, Vanderbilts, and Whitneys--all incarnations of America's Gilded Age.
------"Mr. Vidal demonstrates a political imagination and insider's sagacity equaled by no other practicing fiction writer," said The New York Times Book Review. "Like the earlier novels in his historical cycle, Empire is a wonderfully vivid documentary drama."
------With a new Introduction by the author.


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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Stick it through and you may survive. Vidal's brand of historical fiction where Hearst and Roosevelt confront each other is interesting. Not my favorite of his (I prefer _Lincoln_ and _1876_ of his historical novels), but still inserts us into a very human story. Read full review

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User Review  - YossarianXeno - LibraryThing

This political saga is sparingly written given the scope of the events it addresses, chronicling the interaction between the fledgling popular press and US politics in the decades immediately before ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
47
Section 3
78
Section 4
114
Section 5
122
Section 6
167
Section 7
195
Section 8
218
Section 15
354
Section 16
362
Section 17
375
Section 18
383
Section 19
404
Section 20
411
Section 21
414
Section 22
423

Section 9
225
Section 10
272
Section 11
286
Section 12
293
Section 13
327
Section 14
336
Section 23
440
Section 24
462
Section 25
475
Section 26
487
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About the author (2011)

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over 200 essays, and a memoir.

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