In his latest book, Gore Vidal takes readers behind the scenes as Vidal discusses Inventing a Nation, the historical writer’s work about. Gore Vidal, Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (New Haven, CT: Yale: University Press, , £). Pp. ISBN 0 At the end of “Inventing a Nation,” Gore Vidal recalls a conversation with John F. Kennedy at Hyannis in Kennedy was complaining about.

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Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Adams has the strongest moral fiber, though he lets down Vidal by signing the Alien and Sedition acts.

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Description Gore Vidal, one of the master stylists of American literature and one of the most acute observers gors American life and history, turns his immense literary and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.

The Liberty Bell Gary B. How did we get this weird contraption called the electoral college? Like Adams, he had tried his hand at constitution making in the spring of On September 5,forty-five of the weightiest colonial men knventing the First Continental Congress at Philadelphia.

Gore Vidal’s ‘Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson’

For how else could one explain, he asks, “how a sort of backwoods country like this, with only three million people, could have produced the three great geniuses of the eighteenth century — Franklin, Jefferson, and Hamilton? One can only imagine the excitement within the editorial offices of Yale University Press when the opportunity presented itself to match a hot topic with one of the master stylists of American letters, who also happened to be a lifelong student of American history.


Book ratings by Goodreads. Unwarranted Influence James Ledbetter.

Gore Vidal: ‘Inventing a Nation’

This makes sense, but one of his major political themes does not. Over the next eight years, as rebellion became war, many of them fled to Canada or even “back” to England, giving the radical lawyers natipn had taken charge of the Revolution a lucrative practice settling scores, not to mention estates.

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The bulk of the book covers the story from the adoption of the Constitution in to the election of Jefferson in And for all their flaws, Vudal concurs with the verdict of Henry Adams on the founding inventijg Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. And why is it that in we had to choose between Bush and Gore when in they got to choose between Adams and Jefferson?

But of course it was also the basis for Brown vs. November 12, The Best Books of And the Revolution was only kept alive by the force of Washington’s personality and “the cleverness of our diplomats,” including Franklin, Jefferson and Adamsin convincing France to come to America’s aid. Asking nafion to do so is like asking Louis Armstrong to play just the notes on the sheet. The weightiest of the lot was the Boston lawyer John Adams, known as the best-read man in Boston. Adams to Jefferson Jan.


The X Books of Only George Washington escapes Vidal’s lacerating wit and survives with his integrity wholly intact. Board of Education, which Vidal surely champions. Benjamin Franklin believed the Constitution was flawed and predicted it eventually would fail.

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Vidal’s antipathy toward the “American Empire” and contempt for the American public drips thick from his sentences and shows up frequently in annoying parenthetical asides and interjected screeds. Jackson Pollock Evelyn Toynton. In Inventing a Nation, Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms and bedroomsthe convention halls, and the salons of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and others.

They were the ones vdal sustained the invented nation in its infancy, who delayed full-blooded democracy until we could manage it, who insisted that we were a single people rather than a confederation of sovereign states, who shared Vidal’s elitist sense that ivnenting has an obligation to govern.