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Who could possibly resist a novel that begins as William Randolph Hearst falls on his behind? The fifth novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence (sixth, however, in order of publication) begins on the eve of American involvement in the First World War and ends shortly after the mysterious death of Warren G. Harding and ascension of the taciturn Calvin Coolidge to the presidency. Balanced against Gore's descriptions of all these political machinations is the story of newspaper publisher Caroline Sanford's foray into film acting, which places her in proximity to the scandals involving Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and William Desmond Taylor. The cast of characters includes a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt--and his mistress, Lucy Mercer--and Vidal's maternal grandfather, Senator T.P. Gore. As always, the proceedings are enlivened by Vidal's caustic wit. --Ron HoganFrom the Back Cover:
" Wicked and provocative. . . . Vidal's purview of Hollywood in one of its golden ages is fascinating."
" Vidal succeeds in making his history alive and plausible."
--The New York Times
" Vidal's originality derives from his as-
surance that he can create and command the American history of his novels, as much as he can their imaginary components. No other American writer I know of has Vidal's sense of national proprietorship. He summons the entire American scene into his confident voice. Vidal's presump-
tions work marvelously well for his
The New York Review of Books
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Book Description Andre Deutsch, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M023398495X
Book Description Andre Deutsch Ltd, London, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. Stated First Edition/first printing. ISBN:023398495X [4to] 543p. New in dj protected against wear and tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. Seller Inventory # 107913