Publisher description for Empire : a novel / Gore Vidal.

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Counter "Mr. Vidal demonstrates a political imagination and insider's sagacity equaled by no other practicing fiction writer I can think of. And like the earlier novels in his historical cycle, Empire is a wonderfully vivid documentary drama." —The New York Times Book Review

In this extraordinarily powerful epic Gore Vidal recreates America's Gilded Age—a period of promise and possibility, of empire-building and fierce political rivalries. In a vivid and beathtaking work of fiction, where the fortunes of a sister and brother intertwine with the fates of the generation, their country, and some of the greatest names of their day, including President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, William and Henry James, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and the Whitneys, Gore Vidal sweeps us from the nineteenth century into the twentieth, from the salvaged republic of Lincoln to a nation boldly reaching for the world.

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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: United States History 1901-1909 Fiction, Newspaper publishing Fiction, Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951 Fiction, Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 Fiction, Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 Fiction, McKinley, William, 1843-1901 Fiction, James, Henry, 1843-1916 Fiction, Washington (D, C, ) Fiction