The Golden Age

The Golden Age Gore Vidal
  • Title: The Golden Age
  • Author: Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9780375724817
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Golden Age Gore Vidal The Golden Age The Golden Age is Vidal s crowning achievement a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from to when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed Ameri
    The Golden Age is Vidal s crowning achievement, a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire The sharp eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Hollywood actress turnedThe Golden Age is Vidal s crowning achievement, a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire The sharp eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Hollywood actress turned Washington D.C newspaper publisher, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into the Second World War, and, later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decade long twilight struggle against Communism developments they regard with a decided skepticism even though it ends in an American global empire The locus of these events is Washington D.C yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts In addition to presidents, the actual characters who appear so vividly in the pages of The Golden Age include Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Willkie, William Randolph Hearst, Dean Acheson, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Alsop, Dawn Powell and Gore Vidal himself.The Golden Age offers up U.S history as only Gore Vidal can, with unrivaled penetration, wit, and high drama, allied to a classical view of human fate It is a supreme entertainment that is not only sure to be a major bestseller but that will also change listeners understanding of American history and power.
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    About Gore Vidal


    1. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation through marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy.Vidal ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire.Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards Additionally he was known for his well publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F Buckley, Jr and Truman Capote.Vidal s novels fell into two distinct camps social and historical His best known social novel was Myra Breckinridge his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr and Lincoln His third novel, The City and the Pillar 1948 , outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J D Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a gentleman bitch and has been described as the 20th century s answer to Oscar WildeAlso used the pseudonym Edgar Box Gore Vidal um dos nomes centrais na hist ria da literatura americana p s Segunda Guerra Mundial Nascido em 1925, em Nova Iorque, estudou na Academia de Phillips Exeter Estado de New Hampshire O seu primeiro romance, Williwaw 1946 , era uma hist ria da guerra claramente influenciada pelo estilo de Hemingway Embora grande parte da sua obra tenha a ver com o s culo XX americano, Vidal debru ou se v rias vezes sobre pocas recuadas, como, por exemplo, em A Search for the King 1950 , Juliano 1964 e Creation 1981 Entre os seus temas de elei o est o mundo do cinema e, mais concretamente, os bastidores de Hollywood, que ele desmonta de forma sat rica e implac vel em t tulos como Myra Breckinridge 1968 , Myron 1975 e Duluth 1983 Senhor de um estilo exuberante, multifacetado e sempre surpreendente, publicou, em 1995, a autobiografia Palimpsest A Memoir As obras O Instituto Smithsonian e A Idade do Ouro encontram se traduzidas em portugu s Neto do senador Thomas Gore, enteado do padrasto de Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, primo distante de Al Gore, Gore Vidal sempre se revelou um espelho cr tico das grandezas e mis rias dos EUA.Faleceu a 31 de julho de 2012, aos 86 anos, na sua casa em Hollywood, v tima de pneumonia.


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    1. Finally got around to Vidal s beautiful, elegaic finale to his American Chronicle series, which is sort of a sweet and sad farewell to his career and, yes, his life This installment concentrates on the years 1939 1954, the FDR and Truman presidencies, with a final flash forward to 2000, when the book was written All the threads of this vast saga are reconciled, and since this is the history Vidal lived through himself, he writes himself in as a character This might come across as a cutesy metafi [...]

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    2. Vidal is always interesting, but because he lived through this era 1940 1958 , he s even polemical self indulgent than usual He hammers away at 3 points 1 the Roosevelt administration provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, knew about it in advance, didn t tell anyone 2 the American ruling class continually keeps the American people in the dark 3 the goal of both the Roosevelt Truman administrations was to establish world hegemony an American empire did so by magnifying the threats it ide [...]

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    3. THE GOLDEN AGE is the capstone to the series of fine historical novels known as Narratives of Empire about America through the ages which Gore Vidal began with Washington DC in 1967 The story begins at a private residence in Washington DC in October 1939, a few weeks after war has broken out in Europe Several standouts from the city s social scene are in attendance, along with a number of powerful members of the House and Senate e.g real historical figures such as Republican Senators Arthur Vand [...]

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    4. Fitting capstone for a great series I particularly liked the way Vidal blurred the lines between author, narrator, and character Caroline Sanford Sanford is one of my favorite characters.

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    5. Ci ho provato pi volte ma non sono riuscito ad appassionarmi a questo romanzo, il cui maggior interesse almeno per me era dato dall ambientazione e dallo sfondo storico la politica americana durante la seconda guerra mondiale e negli anni immediatamente seguenti ma che Vidal ha affrontato inserendo una pletora di personaggi, pi propensi al gossip che all alta politica, in un confuso alternarsi di pranzi di gala, meetings, progetti hollywoodiani, anticamere, lasciandomi le idee alquanto confuse e [...]

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    6. This is the 7th and final part of Gore Vidal s series, The American Chronicle The book covers the period of US history that extends from just before the entry of the States into WW2, which was possibly encouraged by President FR Roosevelt, until just after the start of the year 2000.Vidal skilfully and wittily recounts the history of this period during which the USA became an important world power He does this by interweaving the words and deeds of real persons with those of fictional characters [...]

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    7. Have now concluded sort of Gore Vidal s Narratives of Empire, finishing on a reasonable high after reading these in chronological order The sort of , I should explain, is due to the fact that I skipped Washington DC, the sixth volume in the series although the one that Vidal wrote first Maybe this was lazy, but I found it difficult to muster enough enthusiasm to read two books covering roughly the same span of time Also, given that Vidal himself described The Golden Age as a re write of his earl [...]

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    8. Great God, Gore Vidal is a talented writer Written like a narrative rather than an essay, this novel reveals the inner workings of key world figures, specifically Franklin Delanore Roosevelt, and his decision of whether or not to involve America in the 2nd World War Vast in its intellectual properties, we see the bourgeoise aspects of the upper stratified class that control the state of our world, and the real aims behind policy decisions At times the setting and writing can appear to be too int [...]

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    9. It was like a Vanity Fair article with all rich influencers and old money jokes and none of the scandal or intrigue I fell asleep 8 times reading this book.

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    10. The Golden Age is the seventh and last in The American Chronicle series by Gore Vidal I previously read Burr and Lincoln, both of which I enjoyed than this novel Gore writes of the era between 1939 and 1960 To propel the story, he creates a fictional family the Sanford s and weaves their story into actual political figures and events of the era the Roosevelt s, Harry Hopkins, Truman, Acheson, McCarthy and others The Sanford s own one of Washington s leading newspapers Blaise Sanford is the publ [...]

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    11. This one is highly opinionated as compared to Vidal s other novels in the American Empire chronicle The general point of the novel remains the same That the US Govt is out for a globally encompassing empire, even if that means usurping distant lands that are fragile with rebellious or broken government The novel peaks kind of early The focus being on the Roosevelt Administration supposedly needing the Pearl Harbor attack to make US participation in WWII acceptable on the homefront December 7, 19 [...]

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    12. Foi a primeira obra que li de Gore Vidal A idade de Ouro revela um escritor com uma prodigiosa imagina o associada a um conhecimento muito pr ximo da realidade politica e cinematogr fica dos EUA O estilo da sua escrita pareceu me um pouco dif cil de seguir pois os di logos jogam por vezes nos sub entendidos Gore Vida apresenta uma vis o muito cr tica e mesmo c nica dos principais atores pol ticos do seu pa s E parece por vezes desacreditar no sistema democr tico Embora n o me pare a um adepto da [...]

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    13. Ecco che grazie alle consuete avventure sulle bancarelle dei mercatini dell usato mi incontro ancora una volta con la letteratura americana di ampio respiro, quella fatta di scenari molto pi che di personaggi quella di don De Lillo e di John Dos Passos, per intenderci Ma probabilmente Gore Vidal molto pi adatto di questi due a raccontarci l America senza raccontarci gli americani, perch molto pi politico e uomo di cinema che scrittore le narrazioni con una molteplicit di personaggi e di punti di [...]

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    14. This is my first Gore and I adore OK I started at the wrong end of this series, so hopefully that won t spoil the earlier novels for me I am guessing Hilary Mantel had this series in mind when she tackled Cromwell The off stage motivational moments that Gore pioneered are stunning and stealable.One thing that I really noticed was the way he made the scores of characters individually memorable The George Martins of the literary world with their castes of thousands make me struggle to keep track o [...]

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    15. This was not a terrible book, I suppose, but it just was not up to the standards of Burr and Lincoln.

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    16. Great book Gore even writes about himself as a young and upcoming author in New York during the Golden 1945 50 Age He does take a lot of license in that the characters correctly predict the future all the time But like always, Gore takes you to that place I miss him.

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    17. A suitable conclusion to Vidal s Empire Series, and also a good standalone book.

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    18. I just finished working my way through the late Gore Vidal s magnificent series of political history novels spanning American history from the Revolutionary War through the Kennedy administration Having sampled one, I was unable to stop until I reached the end The seven well researched and artfully crafted novels that Gore called Narratives of Empire, written between 1967 and 2000, include Burr, Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, Washington DC, and The Golden Age The series spans virtually all of [...]

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    19. I have always found Gore Vidal to be a smug and condescending snob in interviews and on talk shows These traits would be deadly in the narrative voice of novel, for a writer should see the best sides of characters as well as the worst That is why I avoided Vidal s fiction until this book came so highly recommended that I had to give it a chance Unfortunately, it find the narrative voice so snide and superior in its attitude to the characters that I am put off, and stopped reading at just past th [...]

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    20. This isn t perhaps my favourite of the Narratives of Empire series, but this is the one that made me cry Vidal inserts himself at the end of this to talk to his creations, and it made me miss him terribly in this age of total p litical surreality.

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    21. True political happenings from WWIIIt was okay

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    22. 467 pages Donated 2010 May.Since 1967, when he published Washington, D.C Gore Vidal has been assembling an artful, acidic history of the United States The Golden Age represents the seventh and final installment of this national epic, covering the years from 1939 to 1954 with a valedictory fast forward, in its final pages, to the end of the millennium As Vidal did in the earlier books, the author sticks pretty rigorously to the facts Real life figures in this case, the likes of Franklin Delano Ro [...]

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    23. Had a strange feeling of deja vu while reading this book, which is making me think I m getting old, because parts of it were very familiar and I was sure I had read it, but the end was completely unfamiliar to me.Anyway, Vidal puts himself in this book, both as a character and as the author, in the end conversing with his characters about inventing them.There was a melancholy air to this book which, I suspect, had to do with Vidal s age as he wrote it, than with the subject, which further incre [...]

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    24. This book grew on me as I progressed I attribute the difficult time I had getting into it at the beginning to the fact that it was one of actually the last of a series Several characters are dropped on the reader with very little introduction, yet a bit of research revealed these had been major players in a previous volume As this novel s events unwound, these players faded somewhat as heir, Peter Sanford, took not so much center stage as central POV duties.One thing that especially at first I f [...]

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    25. Reading this book felt like being part of a floating cocktail party that never really ends It just keeps going and going from the 1940 Republican presidential convention to the year 2000 in Ravello, Italy Vidal presents an alternative view of US history told not from the perspective of the common plebeians chronicled so admirably by Studs Terkel and Howard Zinn but from the aristocratic class of which he was very much a member although a black sheep amongst their ranks The dialogues between char [...]

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    26. I ve run out of superlatives to describe this series and this book the final book, so I am now bereft A novel of huge scope and audacity, which separates us definitively, achingly from the wonderful Caroline Sandford, whose life has become our own What is this series about US political history, of course, but the themes that emerge are to do with power and mortality, time and change, truth and illusion, cynicism, beauty and hope There is not a great deal of room for love in Vidal s universe, nor [...]

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    27. This was the 7th and final volume in Vidal s American Chronicles Series I enjoyed the first 6 volumes, but I didn t think that this one was that good Maybe Vidal was running out of gas Also, I ve never been a fan of when an author puts himself as a character in a novel.

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    28. Another strong contribution to the Narratives of Empire series For those who enjoyed Washington, DC, this volume, the last in Vidal s collection, revisits many of the same events, but from the perspective of different characters Where the novel suffers is in the too lengthy scenes that imagine dialogue between FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt,Harry Hopkins, and the stable of fictional characters Where Vidal lets his politics creep in ie, the many pages which make the non credible case that FDR plotted or [...]

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    29. This is the 7th book in Vidal s heptalogy Narratives of Empire It overlaps with the 6th book of the series, Washington DC, by 3 4 years It starts with 1939 spans to the end of the 20th century The focus has shifted to Peter Sanford America is on the ascendency as it takes its place on center stage FDR is dealt with harshly, though fairly We see the machinations at work in his decision to run for a third term and the lead up to Pearl Harbor and our entry into WWII Truman is also dealt with harshl [...]

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