Hollywood by Gore Vidal

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Hollywood marks the fifth episode in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire," his celebrated series of six historical novels that form his extended biography of the United States.
        It is 1917, and President Woodrow Wilson is about to lead the country into the Great War in Europe. In California, a new industry is born that will irreversibly transform America. Caroline Sanford, the alluring heroine of Empire, discovers the power of moving pictures to manipulate reality as she vaults to screen stardom under the name of Emma Traxler. Just as Caroline must balance her two lives--West Coast movie star and East Coast newspaper publisher and senator's mistress--so too must America balance its two power centers: Hollywood and Washington.                         Here is history as only Gore Vidal can re-create it: brimming with intrigue and scandal, peopled by the greats of the silver screen and American politics.
        "Hollywood shimmers with the illusion of politics and the politics of illusion," wrote the Chicago Sun-Times. "A wonderfully literate and consistently impressive work of fiction that clearly belongs on a shelf with Vidal's best," said The New York Times Book Review.
        With a new Introduction by the author.

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About Gore Vidal

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Gore Vidal is the author of many bestselling novels including Julian, Burr, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln. He lives in Italy.
Published March 23, 2011 by Vintage. 449 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The New York Review of Books

Young Love Scene (the son’s girl friend is named Allison from … This article is available to Online Edition and Print Premium subscribers only.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Soundtrack is filled, Scorsese-style, with various rock hits of the epoch (Janis Joplin, Deep Purple, The Animals), while the overdone makeup – both then and now – gives the impression that a French gangster’s notoriety increases in direct proportion to his amount of facial hair.

Nov 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Hollywood

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