Saturday, August 21, 2010

Inventing a Nation

Most historians attempt to write in an objective manner. Their personal beliefs and opinions are subtly incorporated in the spin on their work. Not so with Gore Vidal. His opinion and political views are front and center, with the historical facts buried underneath. The goal seems to be to use the founding fathers to provide a critique of the early Bush administration. Alas, the many contemporary allusions to 2003 politics already seem quite dated. The sarcasm and irony and modern asides gets tiring through this history. Reading separate histories of the founding of the US and critiques of the Bush administration would be a better use of time than fumbling through this book.

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