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Gore Vidal's America

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* A major new examination of the ways in which Vidal's writings on history, politics, sex and religion throw into focus our understandings of the United States. * Ranges widely - from Vidal's defence of homosexuality in his earliest works to his most recent writings on the war in Iraq.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 4th 2005 by Polity Press
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Solor
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
America; in my opinion a grotesque country indeed. One of the most violent democracy in the world with a very relaxed guns law, capital punishment, highest number of inmates and an aggressive foreign policy of permanent war.

A country that despite a delusional image of modernity is stranded in the backwater of ignorance, intolerance and prejudice. 45% of Americans (against 13% of British) believe in the Devil as a physical entity (Economist 2002). This translate in the perennial lobbying to re-c
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Altman's book details the many ways that "Vidal 'embodies' a particular critique of American society and politics, and, as part of this, seeks to subvert both the triumphalist view of American history and mainstream assumptions about sex and gender" (15). Through several thematically organized chapters, the complexity of Vidal's subversions become clear. The goal of the book seems to set a record straight about Vidal: it is honest about Vidal's shortcomings, insightful about his less appreciated ...more
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Dennis Altman is a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard.

He has written eleven books exploring sexuality and politics, and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States, and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America, AIDS and the New Puritanism, Rehearsals for Change, The C
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