Inventing a Nation

  • by Gore Vidal
  • Narrated by Paul Hecht, Gore Vidal
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"This entertaining and enlightening reappraisal of the founders is a must for buffs of American civilization and its discontents." (Booklist)
"An unblinking view of our national heroes by one who cherishes them, warts and all." (New York Review of Books)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Reader Beware: Mixed with a political agenda

I thought I was downloading an American history book. Had the author left out his current political opinions by using this book as a soap box to move his political agenda, the book would have been excellent.
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- Robert

Great for Insomniacs

This is a great book to listen to if your don't like chronology, order, or unbiased writing. I'd rather have a HISTORY book rather than a politically charged sleeping aid. This is not a book for the historically ignorant, either. You've got to remember alot of graduate level history in order to follow this pontification.
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- jrl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books