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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619021749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619021747
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marking the first anniversary (July 31) of Vidal’s death, at age 86, Weiner—a University of California at Irvine history professor, Nation contributing editor, and Pacifica Radio host—gathers four of his many interviews with the outspoken novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and occasional political candidate, whom TV talk-show host Dick Cavett dubbed “the best talker since Oscar Wilde.” The interviews travel back in time: Weiner chats with Vidal at the 2007 Los Angeles Festival of Books, at a 2006 session of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and at the Plaza Hotel during the “shadow convention” lampooning the 2000 Democratic Convention. The volume’s fourth conversation was Weiner’s initial, 1988 encounter with the acerbic author of “Tales of Empire,” Myra Breckinridge, The Best Man, and The City and the Pillar: an interview at Vidal’s Ravello, Italy, home that was originally published in Radical History Review. One need not share Vidal’s often contentious political preoccupations to welcome this return of Vidal’s inimitably confident, never remotely tentative “voice.” Essential for libraries where Vidal’s novels and nonfiction are popular. --Mary Carroll

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"One need not share Vidal’s often contentious political preoccupations to welcome this return of Vidal’s inimitably confident, never remotely tentative “voice.” Essential for libraries where Vidal’s novels and nonfiction are popular." —Booklist

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tularosa on December 24, 2012
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Gore Vidal was indisputably America's greatest essayist and one of the finest historical novelists the world has ever produced. This collection of interviews with Vidal spanning the last several decades offers a very entertaining slice of his conversational skills. This is highly recommended to anyone looking to learn more about the man and his work. While most of the focus is on Vidal's fascination with politics, many other topics are covered.

Many thanks to OR Books for publishing this in eBook for Kindle in an affordable edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on April 1, 2013
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GORE VIDAL TALKS POLITICS collects four interviews by Jon Wiener from 1988 to 2007. The themes are familiar - the American Empire, the shortcomings of successive governments from Truman to George W. Bush, Vidal's attempts to pursue a political career, and the influence of his illustrious family on his work as a novelist/ critic. Vidal is particularly harsh on the ways in which governments have tried to reinforce America's status as a superpower, and by doing so created conflicts all over the world where none actually existed - in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who believed in a more peaceful means of co-existence, such as the politician Henry Wallace, were forced out of office. Vidal had a basically pessimistic view of contemporary American cultures, and the novelist's role within them; the media - both television as well as the movies - have created worlds based on surfaces, designed to discourage rather than promote thought. For anyone interested in a basic introduction to Vidal's life and thought, GORE VIDAL TALKS POLITICS provides an ideal and inexpensive text. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KOMET on March 24, 2013
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I have a confession to make. I am a Gore Vidal fan. For almost 20 years, I have read deeply from his novels and essays, and derived much insight from the TV and radio interviews he had given throughout his career. He was our Oscar Wilde and the gadfly of the American system, or as he often called it, "the American Empire."

Here in this slender book are excerpts from 4 different venues, spanning from 1988 to 2007, where Gore Vidal spoke at length (both publicly and in one-on-one interviews) about: "the history of the American Empire, the rise of the National Security State, and his own life in politics, both as a commentator and candidate."

Vidal led such a rich and varied life. He was one of the first of the Second World War generation to publish a best-selling novel (1946). Hailing from a patrician background, Vidal grew up in Northern Virginia and Washington DC, where his maternal grandfather was the first Senator from Oklahoma and his father (a West Point graduate and one of the U.S. Army's first pilots) was an advisor to FDR on aviation matters in the 1930s.

After his Army service and the publication of his debut, best-selling novel "WILLIWAW", Vidal reached a crossroads in 1948 with the publication of his third novel, "The City and the Pillar" which dealt directly with the theme of homosexuality. In this book, Vidal admits that he had the opportunity to run in 1948 for national office in New Mexico, where his family had political connections. But in order to pursue what might have been a sure political career in either the House or Senate, Vidal would've had to disavow "The City and the Pillar", which Tne New York Times roundly condemned. Well, Gore Vidal "took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Fred Williamson on March 25, 2013
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I've never read a book with so many typographical errors as I found in this book. I forget how many times I read "county" instead of "country" (with unintentional humor). This book is not worthy of the great legacy of Gore Vidal (very much missed by this reader). Jon Wiener seems to have added very little to this compilation. Also, this book doesn't show Vidal at the peak of his powers. It's a good thing I bought _Conversations with Gore Vidal_ (University Press of Mississippi) before its price shot up to fifty dollars. That collection of interviews shows Vidal at the top of his game. Even so, any Gore Vidal is better than all the other writers/pundits put together. So I gladly added this to my collection, as you should as well. This "county" will never see the likes of another Gore Vidal again.
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