Washington, D.C., is the final installment in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire,his acclaimed six-volume series of historical novels about the American past. It offers an illuminating portrait of our republic from the time of the New Deal to the McCar-thy era.
Widely regarded as Vidal's ultimate comment on how the American political system degrades those who participate in it, Washington, D.C. is a stunning tale of corruption and diseased ambitions. It traces the fortunes of James Burden Day, a powerful conservative senator who is eyeing the presidency; Clay Overbury, a pragmatic young congressional aide with political aspirations of his own; and Blaise Sanford, a ruthless newspaper tycoon who understands the importance of money and image in modern politics. With characteristic wit and insight, Vidal chronicles life in the nation's capital at a time when these men and others transformed America into "possibly the last empire on earth."
"Washington, D.C. may well be the finest of contemporary novels about the capital," said The New Yorker, and the Times Literary Supplement deemed it "a prodigiously skilled and clever performance."
From the Hardcover edition.
Vidal is a wonderful writer of historical fiction, but this isn't his best ...
This angle does not work and too much time is spent on sexual shennanigans and other sundry episodes to give the book any genuine thrust (so-to-speak).
He also happens to be one the most intelligent, witty, and capable literary craftsmen this country has ever produced.
Vidal's cynicism is fully evident in this book, and it really makes the story unappealing. History comes alive in Burr and Lincoln, is well represented in 1876 and Hollywood, but... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jerry Borrowman
Vidal's "America Series" is pure genius. One of the great writers of the 20th century.Published 1 month ago by Bruce Banner
If you like Gore Vidal...which I do....this is such a timely book in spite of its age. He is superb at illuminating the crassness, vulgarity and humanity of everyone he describes... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Diana of the Hunt
1) Plot (3 stars) - In manipulative, superficial Washington DC of the 1940s, one man strives to rise up the political system while those around him react to his wake. Read morePublished 18 months ago by One Guy's Opinion
Loud and clear, Gore Vidal's voice in all his books, and in the novel WASHINGTON DC, cannot be mistaken. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Nicholas J. Faust
I've long been a great admirer of Gore Vidal's political and historical essays. But except for his novels Julian (which I read in my youth and greatly liked), Live from Golgotha... Read morePublished on October 11, 2008 by Kerry Walters