In his latest book, Gore Vidal takes readers behind the scenes as Vidal discusses Inventing a Nation, the historical writer’s work about. Gore Vidal, Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (New Haven, CT: Yale: University Press, , £). Pp. ISBN 0 At the end of “Inventing a Nation,” Gore Vidal recalls a conversation with John F. Kennedy at Hyannis in Kennedy was complaining about.

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INVENTING A NATION: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

Instead he refers to one of the biblical books of wisdom, Ecclesiasticus: Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive. Jackson Pollock Evelyn Toynton. My own effort to address Kennedy’s question appeared during the last presidential election, which landed in the lap of the U. November 12, Adams has the strongest moral fiber, though he lets down Vidal by signing the Alien and Sedition acts. There are no endnotes, a boatload of factual errors the claim, for instance, that Washington was broke in and a flamboyant disdain for the measured assessments of, say, the political factions within the Constitutional Convention or the behind-the-scenes bargaining over the location of the national capital on the Potomac.

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The Liberty Bell Gary B. There are potshots all along the way, at Hamilton’s Napoleonic tendencies, Jefferson’s duplicity over Sally Hemings, Adams’ throbbing ambition, the judicial machinations of Justice John Marshall in Marbury vs. He also illuminates the force and weight of the documents they wrote, the speeches they delivered, and the institutions of government by which we still live.


And “Inventing a Nation” is his edgy tribute to the way we were before the fall. In his latest book, Gore Vidal takes readers behind the scenes as America’s founding fathers fought and worked to create a new country. They were also among the wealthiest and best-educated of the colonists.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. This is pure Vidal. Wherever I went, two questions were invariably asked: Henry Adams, great-grandson of a founder, became the high priest of this tradition in his classic history of the early republic.

Review quote “[Vidal offers] details that enliven and. Andy Warhol Arthur C. About Gore Vidal Gore Vidal, novelist, essayist, and playwright, is one of America’s great men of letters. Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Inventing a Nation: If his heart is with Jefferson, or at least the Jeffersonian legacy, his head is with the Federalists, chiefly Adams and Washington. Our nation is often portrayed as a finished product, having been birthed by great thinkers and selfless patriots.

An American Life’ July 3, Discover what to read next. In this concise but hardly cohesive effort, the achievements of America’s most venerable founding fathers—and a large supporting cast, including Alexander Hamilton and Ben Franklin—are eclipsed by their personal, psychological and political foibles.


Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Vidal’s antipathy toward the “American Empire” and contempt for the American public drips thick from his sentences and shows up frequently in annoying parenthetical asides and interjected screeds.

Henry reputedly had a problem with laudanum, the drug of the day. Vidal ‘American Masters’ Interview Clips. View Full Version of PW.

Kennedy at Hyannis in Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Book Club of the Air: But no record in actual history is seldom so completed; hence, swarms of bees are constantly, and most usefully, forever abuzz in Academe’s hives. Vidal illustrates that the new nation was, in fact, a messy, tenuous experiment, consistently teetering on the brink.

More than two centuries later, America is still largely governed by the ideas championed by this triumvirate. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Hamilton and Jefferson are the politically shrewdest characters, each deft with sharp-edged weapons designed to slice opponents to pieces, with Hamilton favoring the saber and Jefferson the stiletto.