Cover of: The golden age | Gore Vidal

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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 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.

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3543.I26 G65 2000b

The Physical Object

Pagination
708 p. (large print) ;
Number of pages
708

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL6793028M
Internet Archive
goldenagenovel00vida
ISBN 10
0375430822
LC Control Number
00059107
Library Thing
25910
Goodreads
5397861
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8 editions First published in 2000

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Cover of: The Golden Age
The Golden Age: A Novel
September 2001, Vintage
in English
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L'età dell'oro
2001, Fazi Editore
Paperback
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The Golden Age
September 19, 2000, Random House Audio
Audio CD in English - Abridged edition
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The Golden Age
September 19, 2000, Random House Audio
Audio cassette in English - Abridged edition
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The Golden Age
September 19, 2000, Random House Audio
Audio Cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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The Golden Age: a novel
2000, Doubleday
in English
Cover of: The golden age
The golden age: a novel
2000, Random House Large Print
in English - 1st large print ed.
Cover of: The golden age
The golden age: a novel
2000, Doubleday
in English - 1st ed.

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