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Old 07-17-2004, 07:20 PM
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Default Gore Vidal's "Dreaming War"

On my last plane trip home I read Vidal's Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Bush-Cheney Junta.

It's a collection of essays in which he discusses the 2000 "election", the "War on Terror", 9/11, and the preparations for war on Iraq (at publication the war had not yet officially begun IIRC).

I found it extremely interesting and thought-provoking and would highly recommend it; next on my list from him is the book that preceded it, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.

Has anyone else read either of these? If so, what did you think?

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Old 07-17-2004, 07:26 PM
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I haven't read them, but I am a huge Gore Vidal fan and will definitely track them down.
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Old 07-17-2004, 07:39 PM
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I haven't read either, but Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace is sitting in the ever-growing stack of books on my bedroom floor that I think of as my to-read queue. If people would quit recommending/lending books to me, I'd get to it sometime this decade. Bastards.
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Just got back from the bookstore and picked up Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. It's a quite slim volume so I will probably read it tonight and report back manana.

livius - I've just recently started reading Vidal but like him a lot so far. As I've only yet read his non-fiction, which of his novels would you recommend (most) to start with?
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Oh cool, Lauri! Thank you for asking. :)

I can't help but recommend Julian first, just because it's my favorite in terms of subject (the last pagan Roman emperor) and in terms of style (it's epistolary and a really well done).

After that, I say dive right into the American Chronicles: Burr, Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, Washington DC, and The Golden Age.

Vidal's perspective on American history is really unique - I like to think of him as a class traitor patrician - and imo, his historical novels are just as good as it gets.

Enjoy! I'd love to hear your impressions, no matter what you end up reading.
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Old 07-25-2004, 06:32 PM
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Thanks liv! :) I will add Julian to the list for my next trip to the bookstore.

As luck would have it, Dan just purchased the whole American Chronicles set and I think just finished Burr so I will get my grubby paws on those when he is done.

Finished Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace late last night (insomnia and me are BFF!!! :doh: ). Great read. I am running late right now but will post some of my favorite quotations from it later on.

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