Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
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Gore Vidal has been described as the last ‘noble defender" of the American republic. In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America—those who have camouflaged their extremist rhetoric in the Old Glory and the Red, White, and Blue—by demonstrating that those whose protest arbitrary and secret government, those who defend the bill of rights, those who...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 17th 2005 by Nation Books (first published 2004)
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Jason
Our problems seem new because, as a nation of people, we are disconnected from our history. Much of this writing is from the late 80's and still apply today. We live in such a vacuum called reality TV. wake up.
columbialion
Jan 08, 2010 columbialion rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to columbialion by: Self
Brilliant indictment of the lack of political awareness of the American citizenry in electing government, and it's consequences.
Timothy Fitzgerald
I found a lot of the Nixon and Reagan era articles to be very enlightening. I think Vidal exposes some intrinsic flaws within our government. I do think, though, that he may be a little heavy on the conspiracy theories. I think he may give a little too much credit to the powers that be in terms of their ability to put policies into play that influence complex end games years in advance.
Kevin
All but about 40 pages here are reprinted from the big Collected Essays volume (and not to carefully proofread here), but I can't think about Obama's drones without wishing Vidal was still around to excoriate him in print. It's good to be reminded about what changes and doesn't in American politics, but this selection is a bit repetitious to be read straight through.
Indi Martin
Oct 14, 2009 Indi Martin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not my Dad!
Shelves: read-was-ok
If you like Michael Moore, you may like Gore Vidal - except he's considerably more extreme. I agree with many of his more salient points; at times he loses even me, and I doubt there are many liberals more liberal than I am out there. Still, pretty much everything he says about W feels spot-on to me.
Lisa
I heart Gore Vidal. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever. Fabulous, opinionated, crazy, commie-pinko, who's now an octagenarian and still trying to whip people into a frenzy to have a second Constitutional Convention. Good times.
Tomas
Reading this book, and probably any book of political essays by Vidal, is to remove the veil between political fantasy and political reality.
Dennis
Insightful essays on the current condition of America by the brilliant Gore Vidal..
Joseph
He really doesn't write bad books
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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation (through marriage) to Jacqueline Kennedy.

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