Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

by Gore Vidal

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"May well be the finest of contemporary novels about the capital."
From the New Deal to the McCarthy era, follow the lives of Blaise Sanford, the ruthless Washington newspaper tycoon...his son, Peter, a brilliant liberal editor both fascinated and repelled by the imperial city...Peter's beautiful and self-destructive sister, Enid...her husband, Clay Overbury, a charismatic and ambitious politician...and James Burden Day, the powerful conservative senator.
In WASHINGTON, D.C., the incomparable Vidal presents the life of politics and society in the nation's capital in the final stages of "the last empire on Earth."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525565819
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/22/2018
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 541,823
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over 200 essays, and a memoir.


La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 3, 1925

Place of Birth:

West Point, New York


Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.

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Washington, D.C. 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
tangborn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this is not my favorite Gore Vidal novel, it has some interesting elements. The story is really about two politicians: The first is a fading southern conservative democrat, and the other is a rising you star from the same state. While this takes place during the Roosevelt (and early Truman) administration, the novel could almost have been written about a later time. The younger politician takes much from Kennedy (for example his war hero status), but some could also come out of the life of Bill Clinton (who was probably unknown when the book was written). The big difference between this work and much of the other Vidal works, is the the small scale used here. There is no grand international (or imperial) setting. Much of the story takes place in the homes or offices of politicians.
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Quite overdone. Reads much like a soap opera. However, a good read for those interested in the effects of DC and for those who take Vidal's wored as gospel. Worth a read when you have a day or two free, and are interested in politics.