Didion brings a novelist's eye to her project, and she delights in exposing fakery. In describing one of Vice President Bush's visits to the Middle East in the 1980s, she notes that his advance team requested that camels be present at every stop--so that photographers could capture the supposed authenticity of the trip. Many of the essays in Political Fictions are, at a fundamental level, book reviews--and Didion's observations can be withering. She calls Newt Gingrich's novel 1945 "a fairly primitive example of the kind of speculative fiction known as 'alternate history.'" The accomplishment of Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, she says, is to have produced "books in which measurable cerebral activity is virtually absent." Her targets are not always other writers: "No one who ever passed through an American public high school could have watched William Jefferson Clinton running for office in 1992 and failed to recognize the familiar predatory sexuality of the provincial adolescent." Needless to say, Political Fictions is not a celebration of American democracy. It is more like an indictment. --John Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Given that Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, this will become an increasingly important question. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Randall L. Wilson
Joan Didion is my favorite modern author, so I was looking forward to her thoughts on the politics of our nation. This book does not disappoint. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wendy B. Hanawalt
I like the way Joan Didion observes, challenges, ruminates, and then writes about what she experiences. I like politics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gma Sara
I really enjoyed Didion's take on American politics. Clear-eyed and honest. Not like so much other stuff that is "out there."Published 14 months ago by P. Schultz
Excellent book. This author has done here homework, and brings a nice insight to the political process. Her reference material provides several other books for further study. Read morePublished 14 months ago by G R Stokes
The New York Review of Books has a lot to answer for in pressuring an interesting writer like Didion to waste her time on the dull stuff in this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Customer
Some of the best prose in the English language. In addition a very original unblinking look at politics, including the "largest political party in the US" (non-voters)Published 18 months ago by william g. johnson
"Another of Those Agreements to Overlook the Observable":
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Joan Didion's Political Fictions is necessarily dated, as it covers American politics in the late eighties to the early 90s. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Eric Maroney