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An Evening with Richard Nixon

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The cover says "& Richard Nixon & Gloria Steinem & George Washington & John F. Kennedy & Thelma (Pat) Nixon & Nikita Krhushchev & Dwight D Eisenhower & Spiro T. Agnew & Hannah Milhous Nixon & Lyndon B. Johnson & Lt. William Calley Jr. & Hubert H Humphrey & martha Mitchell & Jerry Voorhis & Helen Gahagan Douglas ...more
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published December 31st 1972 by Random House (NY) (first published January 1st 1972)
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Jul 08, 2008 terrycojones rated it liked it
This is not Gore Vidal at his best, but I enjoyed reading it nevertheless. I know little about Nixon, so I learned on that score and, as usual when reading history, it's amusing to see that nothing really changes. Lots of echoes of current politicians (esp US republicans, of course) in the words of Nixon.
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Jan 16, 2011 Johnny Trash rated it really liked it
Funny and powerful play using as dialogue the actual quoted words of the characters . Speaking roles include Nixon, Kennedy, LBJ, Eisenhower, Turman, Lt. William Calley Jr., Martha Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, Spiro Agnew, Khrushchev, Tricia Nixon and more. Published in 1972 as Watergate was just coming to our awareness and Nixon was in power, this is an indictment of Nixon's whole career.
Dec 08, 2012 Craig rated it liked it
A play using actual words of Nixon, Kennedy, LBJ and others who came in contact with Tricky Dick. Kind of an indictment of Nixon's career, but it was written in 1972 before the real fun began. Funny at times, but not Vidal's best.
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Apr 30, 2014 Kevin Cole rated it liked it
Surprisingly, this works. For me. Could it ever be staged again, I wonder. They keep staging that other play of Vidal's, "The Best Man." I think it would be fun, and I hate the theater.
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Jan 07, 2008 Kathleen Celmins rated it liked it
He wrote this in 1972 and was very angry at Nixon. Hopefully he was happy when Nixon was impeached.
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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.

Vidal ran for political office twi
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