Friday 6 September 2013

Gore Vidal, The Golden Age

Gore Vidal's The Golden Age: one more extraordinary novel, the last of his historical series on cinema and politics in the US of A. The Golden Age deals with the US under Franklin Roosevelt and the decision to enter the War on the side of England and France. A decision that, from what Vidal says, and which sounds very plausible, made the US what it went on to become: the true superpower, relegating Britain to the role of a poor cousin.

And if Vidal is to be believed, Roosevelt goaded and led Japan to attack something like Pearl Harbour - because he needed the war to get elected to a third term, and because he had promised that he would lead the country into the war if and only if they were attacked first. Unbelievable. I do not know enough of American history to weigh the plausibility of this. But the novel certainly makes for first rate reading. I am thinking of Vidal's Lincoln. Acute observation of human behaviour. 

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