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Snapshots in History's Glare

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This book is Gore Vidal's visual memoir of his remarkable and famously well-lived life. In this collection of photographs, letters, manuscripts, and other selections from Vidal's vast personal archives, readers are now escorted by one of America's wittiest insiders into the Kennedys' Camelot, as well as onto the set of Ben Hur, and into the private lives of Eleanor Rooseve ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lives
An enjoyable brief autobiographical book from Gore Vidal. The purpose of it was to highlight photographs taken by his late partner Howard Auster who had at one time expressed a desire to publish a book of them, as a record of his and Vidal's life together. Other photos, playbills, book jackets, letters and press clippings are shown in addition to the commentary from the as ever witty and erudite author. The book stands as a pleasing introduction to the celebrated life of this uniquely positioned ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, lgbt
A fascinating life told in the most accessible and interesting of ways.
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Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When you mention Gore Vidal, what comes to mind? A novelist? Essayist? Playwright? A Politician? Commentator? Screenwriter? A Raconteur? A Socialite...?

Of course, the right answer is `all of the above.' In fact, it might be argued that Gore Vidal is America's ultimate renaissance man. Certainly, his latest book, `Snapshots in History's Glare' does nothing to dispel this notion.

From his early days growing up in a political family in Virginia, his days at boys school, his associations with write
David Bales
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Gore Vidal's last song and dance, a photo memoir with explanatory dialogue of his rather long and eventful life, from childhood at the table of his grandfather senator in Washington, to the pinnacles of American letters. It is delightfully witty, delightfully chatty and name-droppy, and features endless photos of Vidal with famous figures in history, (Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman and especially JFK) literary circles, (Tennessee Williams, Norman Mailer et al) and Hollywood, (Paul Newman, Susan Saran ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful photo-biography, a great-value album for all the Vidal fans. Covering much of his life, the pictures are accompanied by captions and commentary by the man himself, with his usual mixture of sarcasm, wit and even some candor. I particulary liked all the La Rondinaia pictures and all the pictures with the Newman-Woodward couple. But what I found most delicious about this book is that the photographs, or at least the majority of them, are just private snapshots (hence the title) ...more
Michelle Kaye
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Gore Vidal was/is a complex and highly creative man who lived during a wonderful time in America and abroad. He hs penned numerous books, screenplays, and short stories. He has done television interviews, worked political parties from both sides of the political fence. He has lived life large and in the fast lane. I admire his writing ability quite a lot and this particular book has many photos of the places he visited and lived. It provides some keen insight into the character he is/was and how ...more
David Gantt
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! The photos of Vidal's home on the Amalfi coast are extraordinary!! The home was built into a cliff, and is surely one of the most spectacular & fascinating places on our planet. The book also beautifully chronicles the extraordinary friendship between Vidal and Paul Newman. Vidal knew everybody who was anybody so everyone from Tennessee Williams and Jack Kennedy to Sting, Mick Jagger & Hilary Clinton pops up in this book.
Matt Smith
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
It's a bit about life-envy really: a glorious home on the hills of the Amalfi coast looking out to the sea, Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon and Mick Jagger dropping in for dinner and a swim, with the knowledge that the conversation would never have been dull. I'll happily wallow in the pictures of that section of the book for a while.
David Buhler
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Many interesting snapshots of friends: Tennessee Williams; Joanne Woodward & Paul Nuewman, very close friends; Paul Bowles; Jacquelyn Kennedy; Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger; and many more. Enjoyed the commentary, and readable photos of letters also.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm thoroughly enjoying this book. I love the concept of using a life long photographer friends' photos to help tell your life story.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
candid as Gore Vidal can
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun read, brilliant man.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Wonderful pictures, wonderful commentary. My only complaint is that some of the print from letters or articles is too small - I needed a magnifying glass.
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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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