The Golden Age

The Golden Age

Book - 2000 | First edition
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Baker & Taylor
A fictional narrative of American history from 1939 to 1954 follows the events and personalities that transformed America from a republic to an empire through the eyes of Caroline Sanford, a Washington newspaper publisher.

Blackwell North Amer
The Golden Age is the concluding volume in Gore Vidal's American empire novels - a unique pageant of the national experience from the United States' entry into World War Two to the end of the Korean War.
The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War Two and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire. The sharp-eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher turned Hollywood pioneer producer-star, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea. They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into World War Two, and later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decades-long twilight struggle against Communism - developments they regard with a marked skepticism, even though they end in an American global empire. The locus of these events is Washington, D.C., yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts. In addition to presidents, the actual characters who appear so vividly in the pages of The Golden Age include Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Wilkie, William Randolph Hearst, Dean Acheson, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Alsop, Dawn Powell - and Gore Vidal himself.

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Hollywood actress-turned-Washington, D.C. newspaper publisher Caroline Sanford and her nephew Peter, the publisher of an intellectual journal, witness the political upheavals in America between 1939 and 1954. Sanford, a Hollywood actress turned Washington newspaper publisher, and her nephew, Peter Sanford. 200,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2000]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780385500753
Branch Call Number: FIC Vi 2000
Characteristics: 467 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 22, 2019

The final book in Narratives of Empire series, this is good, but probably my least favorite.


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