Book Review: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire by Gore Vidal

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I was in Westsider Books again this week and I found a copy of: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire by Gore Vidal. I have never read any of Vidal’s fiction but this collection of essays has certainly convinced me that I should read more of his work. This small volume is full of penetrating analysis and quotable quotes. As always, I think the most valuable thing is to consider some of Vidal’s arguments and examine quotations from the book that struck a chord with me.

For example on page 37: “Since the victory of 1945, the United States, as befits the leader of something called “the free world,” has fought open and unsuccessful wars in Korea and Vietnam; and relatively covert wars in Cambodia, Laos, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa…

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