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Gore Vidal has been described as the last ‘noble defender" of the American republic. In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America—those who have camouflaged their extremist rhetoric in the Old Glory and the Red, White, and Blue—by demonstrating that those whose protest arbitrary and secret government, those who defend the bill of rights, those who seek to restrain America's international power, are the true patriots.

"Those Americans who refuse to plunge blindly into the maelstrom of European and Asiatic politics are not defeatist or neurotic," he writes. "They are giving evidence of sanity, not cowardice, of adult thinking as distinguished from infantilism. They intend to preserve and defend the Republic. America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America."


Contents:
State of the union, 2004 --
The privatizing of the American election --
The day the American empire ran out of gas --
A cheerful response --
Armageddon? --
Notes on our patriarchal state --
The national security state --
The state of the union, 1980 --
The second American revolution --
We are the patriots --
Interim report : election 2004.
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ISBN-10:  156025744X
ISBN-13:  978-1560257448
Author:  Gore Vidal
Publisher:  Nation Books
Date Published:  August 16, 2005
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review by . October 13, 2010
Gore Vidal’s Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia is basically a series of older essays lamenting portions of the Constitution and the branches of government with a couple of essays specifically about the current president (Bush 43) and how he got there. By any measure the book is sloppily edited. Looking at the book, there is nothing to indicate that it is essentially a collection of earlier essays (some so dated as to be almost irrelevant).      …
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