The Golden Age -

The Golden Age

Number 7 in series



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The seventh volume of what Vidal has entitled the "Narratives of Empire". In "The Golden Age", which offers a fictionalized version of American politics from 1940 to 2000, his main charge is that one of the most revered of all 20th-century presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt, provoked, and then failed to warn his commanders about, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His deception was brought about by a poll which revealed that 60 per cent of Americans were opposed to any foreign war. The author uses a series of episodes to show how the US, through its leaders and not through events, became the most influential country in the world, as he reveals (imaginary) conversations in the White House, in newspaper offices and around Washington DC.

Product code: 9780349114279

ISBN 9780349114279
Series Narratives of empire
No. Of Pages 480
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H130xW201xS32
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
On Sale Date 04/03/2002
Caroline Sanford reappears in Washington as President Roosevelt schemes to get the USA into the war by provoking the Japanese. America is master of the globe, with Japan and Europe as colony and dependency under her empire. Against this backdrop there is an explosion in the arts. But by 1950 and the Korean War, the Golden Age is over.