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Washington, D.C. by Gore Vidal
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Apr 24, 12

it was ok
Read from March 31 to April 23, 2012

This is the penultimate installment of Gore Vidal's generally excellent Narratives of a Golden Age, and, naturally enough, was the first to be published (in 1967; the last one was published in 2000, The Golden Age). It is also, in my view, the least interesting of the books (though I have not read Burr) and seems more gossipy and full of his trademark dialectical-ironic aphorisms than the others - it is somewhat shorter on plot, politics and characterisation than Lincoln or Hollywood, for example. The work centres on a few of the loucher denizens of the capital in the 1930s and 1940s, at which point the US Empire really took off, in Vidal's view, and occasionally his slightly idealistic lament for the Golden Age of the Republic breaks through the soap opera of politics and backstabbing. But, in the main, it is a cynical tale of greed, power and duplicity, but quite dull for all that.

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