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I love Gore Vidal's historical novels, and especially this series focusing on an American family's involvement in key periods of history.

Henry Adams makes an appearance early on, and it seems that the magic of the first few books will continue, but it soon begins to fizzle. ( )
  scootm | Jul 12, 2008 |
For me this book seems rushed and crammed. I love Burr and Licoln, two portrayals that wil stay with me forever, but it seems as if Vidal was too concerned with the polemics and not enough with the delineation of believeable characters in his latter books in the series. ( )
  rcss67 | Jul 31, 2006 |
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Slowly, William Randolph Hearst lowered his vast bear-like body into a handsome Biedermeier chair, all scrolls and lyres and marquetry.
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Caroline suddenly realized that she - and everyone else - had been approaching this new game from the wrong direction. Movies were not there simply to reflect life or tell stories but to exist in their own autonomous way and to look, as it were, back at those who made them and watched them. They had used the movies successfully to demonize national enemies. Now why not use them to alter the viewer's perception of himself and the world?
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Who could possibly resist a novel that begins as William Randolph Hearst falls on his behind? The fifth novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence (sixth, however, in order of publication) begins on the eve of American involvement in the First World War and ends shortly after the mysterious death of Warren G. Harding and ascension of the taciturn Calvin Coolidge to the presidency. Balanced against Gore's descriptions of all these political machinations is the story of newspaper publisher Caroline Sanford's foray into film acting, which places her in proximity to the scandals involving Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and William Desmond Taylor. The cast of characters includes a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt--and his mistress, Lucy Mercer--and Vidal's maternal grandfather, Senator T.P. Gore. As always, the proceedings are enlivened by Vidal's caustic wit. --Ron Hogan

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Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star.

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