Gore Vidal 1876

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"Vidal is superb! The performance is flawless!"

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Endlessly fascinating, brilliantly written, this #1 bestseller by the incomparable Gore Vidal explores the scandals of the Grant administration and the dark intrigues that marked America's presidential election in its centennial year.

Seeking to restore his financial assets, Charlie Schuyler, Aaron Burr's unacknowledged son, returns to America, hoping to arrange a marriage for his daughter. With these ambitions and with their own abundant charms, Charlie and his daughter soon find themselves at the center of American social and political power in those astonishing years when the ideals of a young republic had begun to fade and the excitement of empire took hold.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same: "The last few days would have brought down any parliamentary government. As it is, the Grant Administration is a shambles, and there is even talk that the President may resign."

Charles Schuyler, the narrator of Burr, returns to the United States after an absence of nearly 40 years, with his widowed daughter, Emma, in tow. While they try to find a suitably rich husband for Emma among the New York social set, Charles concentrates on the scandals in Washington--including accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice against Ulysses S. Grant--and the presidential race between Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden (Tilden apparently, in fact, won the election, only to have it taken away because of electoral fraud). Cameo appearances by Chester A. Arthur, Mark Twain, Charles Nordhoff, and others enliven the proceedings. --Ron Hogan

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"Suspenseful and extravagantly decorated. . . . If you think politics are dirty now, you should have witnessed the goings-on a hundred years ago. . . . Impossible to resist." --Cosmopolitan

"Vidal writes so well that you find yourself holding your breath over something that is a foregone conclusion. . . . Vidal's talent makes the bloated characters of Washington live in a way history books don't." --The Boston Globe

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