Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated by Gore VidalPerpetual War For Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated by Gore Vidal

Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated

byGore Vidal

Paperback | April 10, 2002

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The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." The Federation of American Scientists has cataloged nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor. In a series of penetrating and alarming essays, whose centerpiece is a commentary on the events of September 11, 2001 (deemed too controversial to publish in this country until now) Gore Vidal challenges the comforting consensus following September 11th and goes back and draws connections to Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. He asks were these simply the acts of "evil-doers?" "Gore Vidal is the master essayist of our age." — Washington Post "Our greatest living man of letters."—Boston Globe "Vidal's imagination of American politics is so powerful as to compel awe."—Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books
Gore Vidal is the author of twenty-two novels, five plays, many screenplays and short stories, more than two hundred essays, and a memoir. Two of his American chronicle novels, Lincoln and 1876, were the subject of cover stories in Time and Newsweek, respectively. In 1993, a collection of his criticism, United States: Essays 1952-1992,...
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Title:Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So HatedFormat:PaperbackPublished:April 10, 2002Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:156025405X

ISBN - 13:9781560254058

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A mixed bag of essays from a formidable writer Gore Vidal is both a very good writer and a very contrarian individual, which usually makes what he has to say worth reading. This book is a collection of essays around the general theme of the U.S. drifting from republic into empire. While he touches on theocracy and the aftermath of 9/11, the bulk of the book is Vidal's intellectually vigorous defense of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a defense that may alienate some readers. The main essays, originally printed in Vanity Fair, appear to have been rewritten to make comparisons with 9/11. Not Vidal's best work, but work checking out anyway.
Date published: 2005-09-13

Editorial Reviews

"Gore Vidal is the master essayist of our age." (Washington Post)

"Our greatest living man of letters." (Boston Globe)

"Vidal’s imagination of American politics is so powerful as to compel awe." (Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books)