Inventing a Nation
by Gore Vidal

A rambling history of the George Washington and John Adams administrations (the Alexander Hamilton administrations). Gore has great respect for George Washington’s integrity and leadership, John Adams’ scholarship, Jefferson’s commitment to limited government, and Hamilton’s intelligence. He depicts Hamilton as a spy and conspirator for the British and the struggle between the Federalists and the Republicans as a struggle between the pro-British against the pro-French parties.

Vidal uses this book to make snide remarks about Washington, Adams, Hamilton, and Jefferson as well as a wandering history of the early years of the Republic and some good insights. He debunks them all and acts superior to them, but gives them some credit here and there.

[I reread this book on 8/17/2009 without realizing that I had read it in 2005. It does not make a lasting impression. It fails to make any clear points or to present a political philosophy.]

Year Read: 2005, 2009


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