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This explosively entertaining memoir abounds in gossip, satire, historical apercus, and trenchant observations. Vidal’s compelling narrative weaves back and forth in time, providing a whole view of the author’s celebrated life, from his birth in 1925 to today, and features a cast of memorable characters - including the Kennedy family, Marlon Brando, Anais Nin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

©1995 Literary Creation Enterprises, Inc. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Excerpts from The Diary of Artois Nin 1944-1947 © 1971 by Audis Nin. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace & Company. Excerpts from The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959, edited by Oliver Harris. © 1993 by William S. Burroughs. Used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc.

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  • David M Chesser
  • 02-06-20

Intelligent, Amusing

Gore Vidal has lived a fascinating life. From the age of six, he spent the next 80 years in the halls of power: government, Hollywood, Broadway, publishing, television. He is perhaps the most well-informed person of the 20th century and he relates his experiences with the sharpest wit. His memoirs are an education. It's not a tell-all (he has no patience for such things). It's simply a first-hand account of what it is to be in the room with the most powerful people at the height of their fame and careers.

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