1876: a novel

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Random House, 1976 - Fiction - 364 pages
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The third volume of Gore Vidal's series of historical novels aimed at demythologizing the American past, 1876 explores the political scandals of the Grant administration and the intrigues of that year's presidential election. Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, Aaron Burr's unacknowledged son, returns to America after his self-imposed exile, hoping to arrange a marriage for his daughter Emma, but the two soon find themselves at the centers of American social and political power at a time when the fading ideals of the young republic were being replaced by the excitement of empire.

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

Historical fiction about the presidential election of 1876, full of corruption, threatening chaos and the destruction of the country. It was engagingly written with a vividly presented cast of characters. Read full review

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User Review  - roblong - LibraryThing

Very enjoyable. Vidal is in his element in 1876 - in contrast to Lincoln, where his admiration for Abe made the book slightly dry for my liking, almost everybody involved in the events of this novel ... Read full review


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