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One minute Nancy Reagan is confiding with Merv Griffin, the next Richard Nixon is telling Zsa Zsa Gabor that he was responsible for bringing dancing to Whittier College as a student leader there. The dialogue is well paced and fun, capturing some of the more interesting doers and their deeds in 1986, largely, when Reagan and Gorbachev were negotiating the end of the Cold War. And the narrator capably captures a parade of personalities. This is a good read and ultimately through the magic of fiction creates a portrait of the Reagans that is as plausible and real as any biographer can conjure. This also is a terrific companion to the author's novel about Watergate.
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The novels Watergate and Finale have a similar style to Vidal's historical novels. The characters are always in verbal chess. I liked Watergate a little more because it had a more coherent story line but Finale is very good also. I would really give a 4.5 but didn't have that option. The reader, Christopher Lane is very good too. He does a good Reagan, his Nixon is not as good but it's ok, he is very good overall.
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