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The Last Empire by Gore Vidal
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Sep 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: current-affairs, essays

The Last Empire, weighs in at a reasonable 465 pages in a pocketbook edition. It somewhat recent in the content of its essays, so perhaps of more interest to general readers since it covers the years 1993-2000. He makes some interesting predictions, which unfortunately have come true:

(On the CIA and terrorism): "We have neither the money nor the brains to monitor every country on earth, which means, alas, that if some evil dictator in Madagascar wants to nuke or biologically degrade Washington, D.C., there?s not much we can do about it. Certainly the CIA, as now constituted, would be the last to know of his intention, though perhaps the first to get the good of his foul plot."

"With Extreme Prejudice"
The Nation
5 June 1995

(About George W. Bush's election to the presidency):"With bad luck (and adventures), Chancellor Cheney will rule. A former Secretary of Defense, he has said that too little money now goes to the Pentagon even though last year it received 51 percent of the discretionary budget. Expect a small war or two in order to keep military appropriations flowing. There will also be tax relief for the very rich."

"Democratic Vistas"
The Nation
8/15 January 2000

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