Inventing a Nation Washington, Adams, Jefferson by Gore Vidal

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Washington's stady presence and regal confidence more than compensated for his poor performance in the field against British Generals, themselves every bit as striking in their mediocrity as he. Adams alone saw virtues in monarchy-not England's, but one of our own, with titles for the men of power. If Adams was the loftiest of the scholars at the Continetnal Congress of 1775, Thomas Jefferson was the most intricatae character, gifted as writer, architect, farmer-and, in a corrupt moment Gore Vidal, one of the master stylists of American literature and one of the most acute observers of American life and history, turns his immense literatry and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. In Inventing a Nation, Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms and bedrooms, the convention halls, and the salons of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and other key figures who helped found the American Republic. Vidal's splendid and percipient prose animates key moments of decision in the birthing of our nation, and we come to know these men in ways we have not until now-their opinions of each other, their worries about money, their concerns about creating a viable democracy. Vidal brings them to life and illuminates the force and weight of the documents they wrote, the speeches they gave, and the institutions of government they fashioned. Above all, Inventing a Nation presents a powerful, compassionate immensly moving portrait of George Washington, whose reolution, integrity, and intelligence rescued the fledgling Republic many times in its early days.

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Published January 1, 2003 by Yale U. Press.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences.