The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire Six essays on the theme of empire and republic with particular focus on the national security state and the failure of the U S economic system

  • Title: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
  • Author: Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9781878825001
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six essays on the theme of empire and republic, with particular focus on the national security state and the failure of the U.S economic system.

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    • Gore Vidal

      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 twice and was a longtime political critic He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire.Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards Additionally he was known for his well publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F Buckley, Jr and Truman Capote.Vidal s novels fell into two distinct camps social and historical His best known social novel was Myra Breckinridge his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr and Lincoln His third novel, The City and the Pillar 1948 , outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J D Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a gentleman bitch and has been described as the 20th century s answer to Oscar WildeAlso used the pseudonym Edgar Box Gore Vidal um dos nomes centrais na hist ria da literatura americana p s Segunda Guerra Mundial Nascido em 1925, em Nova Iorque, estudou na Academia de Phillips Exeter Estado de New Hampshire O seu primeiro romance, Williwaw 1946 , era uma hist ria da guerra claramente influenciada pelo estilo de Hemingway Embora grande parte da sua obra tenha a ver com o s culo XX americano, Vidal debru ou se v rias vezes sobre pocas recuadas, como, por exemplo, em A Search for the King 1950 , Juliano 1964 e Creation 1981 Entre os seus temas de elei o est o mundo do cinema e, mais concretamente, os bastidores de Hollywood, que ele desmonta de forma sat rica e implac vel em t tulos como Myra Breckinridge 1968 , Myron 1975 e Duluth 1983 Senhor de um estilo exuberante, multifacetado e sempre surpreendente, publicou, em 1995, a autobiografia Palimpsest A Memoir As obras O Instituto Smithsonian e A Idade do Ouro encontram se traduzidas em portugu s Neto do senador Thomas Gore, enteado do padrasto de Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, primo distante de Al Gore, Gore Vidal sempre se revelou um espelho cr tico das grandezas e mis rias dos EUA.Faleceu a 31 de julho de 2012, aos 86 anos, na sua casa em Hollywood, v tima de pneumonia.



    743 thoughts on “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    • Gore Vidal was a brilliant writer and political analyst. His insights into the ways in which powerful corporations dictate the spectrum of dialog in the United States remain pertinent, as do his many indictments of the failure of the Democrats to live up to their unmerited reputation as the "progressive party." His biting critique of the racism and imperialism inherent in religious fundamentalism still describes much of the American church as it leads the fight against women, Muslims, and homose [...]


    • What a little blockbuster! Outdated a little only because things have gotten so much worse than 1986-1992 when these lectures were delivered, GV lays out our future. And it's pretty grim. "Monotheism and it's Discontents put it all together for me His essays 1952-1992 were so prophetic, and this carries on the tradition. Where ARE today's honest, inteligent people. Not in government not in media not in the schools for sure.


    • A bit dated but excellent and provocative book. A bit of preaching to the choir, but many may not have heard these radical contentions. He points out that the military is really running the US and consumes more than the lion's share of the budget. He points out that our two parties are microns apart politically. He reminds us that the soviet threat (and demise) was greatly exaggerated to justify curtailing US rights and lining the pockets of the military and intelligence industries. I totally ag [...]


    • Some of Gore Vidal's most interesting works on the subject of "The American Empire" that were penned back in the 80s and 90s are in this book. Many of them seem to be warning calls for the messes that we are in today when it comes to our economy and our foreign policy. Vidal's usual insights on the subjects of our military industrial complex and the monotheistic intentions of our nation are also discussed in this book. Reading this book in 2011 makes you realize that during the days of Reagan, V [...]


    • One is not an America or USA basher/hater for reading and recommending Vidal's books. Vidal -- like Zinn, Chomsky and the late Chalmers Johnson -- want to protect their homeland from opportunistic exec-level intellectuals (= certain upper-level politicians in govt. and/or corporate execs [often they are one and the same!]) with either deliberate imperialistic agendas and/or self-interest agendas that result in imperialistic consequences. It gets complicated! But the results are not: 2008 econ. [...]



    • The positions here are familiar -- has anything changed since 1988? Primacy of the military in national budgeting? Role of Christian Fundamentalism? The advantages in a more lenient approach to drugs? Short. Opens your eyes to the work that still needs to be done.


    • In this work, Vidal provides the answer to how this book can seem like it was written today despite being over 25 years old.


    • An insightful little book. Six essays written on a topic that I find so engrossing it is clouding my ability to think clearly about the issues of 2011 America. Published as part of The Real Story series it provides a scathing assessment of America, corrupted to the core by corporate interests, the national security state perpetrated by the industrial military complex, and right-wing Christian fundamentalism. We live in a Clusterfuck Nation who honesty deserves what it is getting since we in esse [...]


    • Written originally in 1986 and updated in 1992, Vidal offers some fairly prescient observations of the fate of our empire. You'd think he had a (albeit slightly foggy) crystal ball.Political wonks with a love of history will like this one. It's blessed with Vidal's prose, wit, and brilliance. It also is a very quick read, as it isn't much more than a pamphlet.


    • Gore Vidal, being his usual provocative selfSample quote: "Writers have figured very little in our imperial story. The founders of both republic and empire wrote well. Today public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either."


    • This 95-pg, Noam Chomsky-like, pamphlet is comprised of 6 essays/speeches produced by Gore Vidal during the late '80s and early '90s on one of his favourite topics; the American Empire. The passage of time makes some of this material badly dated but the author would probably be delighted by the degree to which his contrarianism still resonates and is, in fact, relevant.



    • quick read, finished it in a 24 hour period. its amazing how this collection of short stories that Gore wrote for The Nation 15-20 years ago is still ringing so true today.


    • This book is reminding me that I used to know how to read intelligent critics and smirk at thier snide comments. I'm reading this now and only getting about 1/2 of the inside smarty jokes.




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