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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated Paperback – April 10, 2002
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Vidal's *Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace* collects a handful of his recent essays ranging on topics from the presidential election of 2000, to homegrown terrorism a la Timothy McVeigh, to the moralizing conservatism of mainstream America, to an open letter to the FBI on whether McVeigh was acting alone. All of these pieces have been published previously, and indeed, some of them appeared in Vidal's last collection of essays, *The Last Empire* (2001). What's truly new and exciting about this book is its lead essay, hauntingly entitled "September 11, 2001 (A Tuesday)". Vidal tells us in his Introduction that the piece was originally commissioned by "Vanity Fair," but was refused publication because the editors thought it too inflammatory.
Inflammatory it unquestionably is, because in it Vidal argues for a thesis that is unpopular at the moment but just may make more sense as time goes on: that horrible as the terrorist attacks on the Trade Towers was, the Bush administration's high-handed wrestling to the ground of civil liberties in the attack's wake is worse. Vidal argues that the waging of war by the "Pentagon junta" is but another example of the U.S.Read more ›
As a child growing up in the United States, there were three things I was taught, and that was always to respect the rights of others, always say please and thank you, and Governments always lie. "Never believe a politician, son. Because no matter what they say, there is always a hidden agenda." Time and again, this simple statement has turned out to be true. Sometimes their lies are found out. As a people, however, we have a tendency to forgetfulness, a kind of in-built amnesia, to then blindly vote our dubious leaders back into office.Read more ›
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Would have rated this 3.5 stars if I could. Very easy read, Vidal remains biting yet witty; would never want to be on the receiving side of his comments, but great to read about... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Khal570
Although dated (published in late 2001/early 2002) Gore Vidal's Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace still manages to offer insightful observations about how the US has come to be so... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Poisoned Dragon
Excellent book, sad that this book is not on the required reading list for high school students. It will help open the minds of the students that all is not well in America. Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karim Mansouri
He always had keen insight and a delightful writing style. It's a shame so few Americans appear to have paid even the least attention.Published 1 month ago by Tarbox
Keen observations and hard truths with a rapier with from La Grande Dame herself, god rest that her soul.Published 1 month ago by Joseph A Reid
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The extraordinary Raconteur takes us through a walk through the Orwellian Reality in which we find ourselves. Will we ever understand the great upheaval in-which we find ourselves. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer