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Vidal, Gore. IMPERIAL AMERICA: REFLECTIONS ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA. New York City, NY: Nation Books, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 181 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays on subject. The third and final volume in Gore Vidal's political analyses of the State of the Union in our time. The first two volumes, "Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace" and "Dreaming War", are now regarded as contemporary classics. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Gore Vidal's "Imperial America". Welcome to the United States of Amnesia. Those who forget are condemned to repeat the same mistake over and over again. "Tackles the American imperial impulse, placing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the context of America's 1846 seizure of California and the later annexation of colonies in the Pacific. Vidal's vast knowledge of American history and his blazing wit set him apart. Vidal's fierce, vitriolic voice remains relevant" (John Green) . The storm of controversy his book generated demonstrated that Gore Vidal, approaching the end of a long and brilliant career and in very frail health, still had what it took to shake things up and rattle the powers-that-be. For Vidal was not an ideologue at all. Like other original and perceptive minds, he had no use for ideology, whether of the Left or the Right, and held both conservative and radical views, but never rigidly and inflexibly. Ideology is a poor substitute for "thinking-for-oneself", for a genuine worldview: An understanding of life that is grounded in reality, as things really are, and at the same time, a vision of what it can and ought to be. Gore Vidal died on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86, the last of the great American public intellectual/writers of our time. We live in the Age of Mediocrity, where (nearly) everyone is a critic/blogger/pundit mouthing timid, politically correct opinions. Someday, we will realize what we have irretrievably lost. An absolute "must-have" title for Gore Vidal collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by Gore Vidal. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Recipient of the National Book Award's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters". One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1560255854. $200.00

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