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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (468 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gore Vidal Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire. The sharp-eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher turned Hollywood pioneer producer-star, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea. They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into World War II, and later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decades-long twilight struggle against communism. The locus of these events is Washington, D.C., yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts.

The Golden Age offers up United States history as only Gore Vidal can, with unrivaled penetration, wit, and high drama, allied to a classical view of human fate. It is a supreme entertainment that will also change listeners' understanding of American history and power. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/1/2014

    " Great combination of fascinating history and lots of gossip. "

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

    " The story of America from the FDR administration to the turn of the new century, sharply and often wittily observed by 2 generations of Washington insiders. Gore Vidal himself turns up as a character and takes over part of the narrative toward the end. I was riveted from beginning to end. The history itself would be interesting enough, but Gore's observations about politics, history and human nature itself, along with a lovely prose style, make this book a great read. I will definitely read the others in this Empire series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stormy | 1/12/2014

    " We should have started at the beginning with Vidal's series. This is the last book in the series and it was hard to get to know the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Annie | 12/26/2013

    " One of the most boring books I've ever read! It was one of the few times in recent history I showed up for class (Professional Book Club) not having had my homework done (the reading). Vidal either gives too many unnecessary details or jumps to something with not enough details. "

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