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There's one key difference between this book and its predecessors, however. Vidal was alive and kicking in 1939, and thanks to his role as Senator Thomas Pryor Gore's grandson (and occasional seeing-eye dog), he met or at least observed many of The Golden Age's dramatis personae. This fact turns out to have a double edge. On one hand, it gives his portraits of the high and mighty an extra ounce of verisimilitude. Here (the invented) Caroline Sanford observes her old friend FDR at an informal White House mixer:
She felt for an instant that she should curtsey in the awesome presence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a figure who towered even when seated in his wheelchair. It was the head and neck that did the trick, she decided, with a professional actor's eye. The neck was especially thick while the famous head seemed half again larger than average, its thinning gray hair combed severely back from a high rounded forehead.Like all of Vidal's politicians, FDR is a more or less gifted illusionist, and The Golden Age is one more chapter in the convergence of theater and politics, of Hollywood and Washington, D.C. But the very vividness of these historical actors (in every sense of the phrase) makes the author's invented cast seem a little pale and lifeless. No matter. Even in its occasional longueurs, Vidal's concluding volume is packed with ironic insight and world-class gossip, much of it undoubtedly true. And in the surprisingly metafictional finale, he signs off with a fine display of Heraclitean fireworks, not to mention an encore appearance from his rakish progenitor Aaron Burr--which makes you wonder exactly who created whom. --James Marcus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Golden Age is the last chapter in a series of books that stretch from Aaron Burr and the birth of America, all the way to the apogee of the American Empire, as he describes... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hakej
I've read them all,, this one just didn't do it for me,, maybe If I had read it out of sequence??Published 5 months ago by Raymond C. Cook
Vidal is prescient of his criticism of modern society. He traces the origins of how we got here based on the decisions of those in power after cataclysmic events during the middle... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ryan
This was my least favorite book in the Empire series and led to a very flat and unsatisfying conclusion. It pales in comparison to Burr and Lincoln. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerry Borrowman
s we read Ulysses on Bloomsday every June 16th (or we should if we don't) I think that every December 7th should not only commemorate the Great Law of 1682 that banned war in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Swanson
You'll never view the US the same! A Great read and a fascinating story that puts the America of today into perspectivePublished 15 months ago by Joseph J. Auch
Though the realizations in this book might have been a bombshell back when it was written, they're old news now. Read morePublished 16 months ago by mselectromagnetic
Not quite. This is a pretentious, name-dropping bore of a novel. Vidal does what he does best - puts his nose in the air and sniffs at everything around him which does not... Read morePublished 17 months ago by febnyc
From Burr to the golden age you will read the history of the USA in away that you were never taught at school. Interesting, good stories and educational while being fun to read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by tom