By Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence spans the historical past of the us from the Revolution to the post-World warfare II years. With their wide canvas and massive solid of fictional and old characters, the novels during this sequence current a landscape of the yankee political and imperial adventure as interpreted by way of one in every of its so much worldly, figuring out, and ironic observers.
The centennial of the us used to be celebrated with nice fanfare--fireworks, exhibitions, pious calls to patriotism, and maybe the main underhanded political machination within the country's historical past: the robbery of the presidency from Samuel Tilden in prefer of Rutherford B. Hayes. This used to be the Gilded Age, whilst robber barons held the handbag strings of the state, and the celebration in energy was firm to stick in strength. Gore Vidal's 1876 offers us the inside track of the day in the course of the eyes of Charlie Schuyler, who has back from exile to regain a misplaced fortune and organize a wedding into big apple society for his widowed daughter. And even though Tammany corridor has faltered and Boss Tweed has fled, the consequences of corruption succeed in deep, even into Schuyler's circle of relatives.
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1876: A Novel by Gore Vidal