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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gore Vidal Narrator: Paul Hecht and Gore Vidal Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gore Vidal, winner of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of the great figures in American writing. Now through Vidal's extraordinary literary talents, the three men most responsible for the shaping of America come to life as never before.

Volumes have been written about George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, but no previous work captures the intimate and vital details the way Inventing a Nation does. Vidal's consummate skill takes you into the minds and private rooms of these great men, illuminating their opinions of one another and their concerns about crafting a workable democracy.

Inventing a Nation is a remarkably vivid portrait of three American icons, men whose revolutionary ideas had a profound and lasting impact on the nation they helped create.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/17/2014

    " Listening to a Gore Vidal book is kind of like listening to your incredibly smart, but aging, grandfather, who just happens to be a scholar of history...he obviously really knows his stuff, but his train of thought isn't as coherant as it used to be. Even though I learned a lot from this book, having a narrative that skipped across the decades, rather than sticking to chronological order, was distracting. The one saving grace was the humor that Mr. Vidal injects...some of his asides and personal observations on the people and events of the Revolutionary era made me laugh out loud (his one comment about "His Excellency and His Rotundity" - George Washington and John Adams - still makes me chuckle). Not a bad book at all...one of these days, I'll have to try the print version to see if I like it any better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Miller | 2/10/2014

    " Though I often have differences with him, I've found Vidal to be a wonderful writer and thinker. Yet, I did not particularly enjoy this book. It was a bit dry and sometime dramatically dismissive of the accomplishments of some of its characters. His sometimes oddly placed political assertions also turned me off to the writing at times as well. This all being said, it was still a good brief read on the contributions of the first three Presidents of the United States. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Aaron Reese | 2/7/2014

    " What an incredibly worthless book. Vidal spends most of the book manipulating history to fit his ideals, then spends the rest complaining about how society is messed up "nowadays." I was confused as to why any renowned author would act like no one would notice that he is lying about some of the founders' motivations. Blatantly. This was the first Vidal book I read and it will certainly be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 1/31/2014

    " I started reading this back in August and got through 3/4 of the book really easily. It was interesting and I loved all the snarky comments that were presented so dryly in the text. My only problem was that I come at this subject knowing almost nothing about American history, not being from the US. I feel that there were some things Vidal assumed the reader should know--not wrongly, since the majority of his audience would be aware of these things, but it made for some difficult reading on my end. This was ultimately what caused me to put the book aside for several months, and my lackluster drive to finish it finally. "

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