Washington D C : Number 6 in series
History is gossip,' says a protagonist in Washington, D.C., 'but the trick is determining which gossip is history.' It is a trick that Gore Vidal has mastered in his ongoing chronicle of that circus of opportunism and hypocrisy called American politics and which he plays with renewed vigour in this expose of the nation's capital.Young Clay Overbury, Senator Burden Day's assistant, has both a modest background and immense ambitions. Extremely handsome, oozing charm and seemingly dedicated to the Senator's cause, he is also duplicitous, conniving, and disloyal. But Enid Canford doesn't think so: she marries him, so providing the Sanford newspaper dynasty with a direct line to the Senator. Her father Blaise, at first loathing his son-in-law, later learns to love him - for all the wrong reasons. So begins this tale of lust and ambition set in the Republic's high noon. From the late 1930s to Jo McCarthy's reign of terror, Gore Vidal charts the seamy, sleazy side of Washington. Mixing sober history with nakedly Gothic melodrama, he provides an intoxicating cocktail of blackmail, betrayal, sexual ambivalence, lunacy and conspiracy - or, in a word, politics.
- Paperback | 416 pages
- 130 x 201 x 28mm | 292g
- 23 May 1994
- Little, Brown Book Group
- London, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
A lounge lizard look at American politics * Peter Ackroyd, Spectator * Superb ... sustains constant interest and more than a little suspense * Washington Post * Gore Vidal, who grew up in the town, wrote in Washington, D.C. what may well be the finest of contemporary novels about the capital * The New Yorker * Gore Vidal's magnificent series of historical novels or novelised histories * Gabriel Garcia Marquez *
About Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012.