Political Fictions

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Vintage International, 2002 - Political Science - 338 pages
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In these coolly observant essays, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at "that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life." Through the deconstruction of the sound bites and photo ops of three presidential campaigns, one presidential impeachment, and an unforgettable sex scandal, Didion reveals the mechanics of American politics. She tells us the uncomfortable truth about the way we vote, the candidates we vote for, and the people who tell us to vote for them. These pieces build, one on the other, into a disturbing portrait of the American political landscape, providing essential reading on our democracy.

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The writing here is occasionally so mannered it flirts with self parody, but the perception and insight are, as always, astonishing. Didion for president. Read full review

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I finally finished reading these essays for the second time. It was well worth it; a chronicle of politics in America in the eighties and nineties; not surprising how not that much has changed. The ... Read full review


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Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

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