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By Gore Vidal Dec. Majestically, he had refused any salary from the revolutionary American government so seldom in useful Congress assembled. Now the General was retired to his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon. Despite one hundred slaves, Mount Vernon yielded insufficient revenue, while various western lands on the Ohio River were costing the General more than they brought in. He was an indulgent host; unfortunately, neither his wealth nor that of his wife, Martha Custis, could pay for so royal a way of life.

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Shelves: history I dont really know very much about American History I know some of the cliches, of course, it would be very hard not to have picked those up over the years, but the details are all a bit vague. The fact that it was written by Gore Vidal was certainly an appealing consideration. This was anything but a dry history. The letters between Adams and his wife sound like a joy to read if I can ever track them down looks like they will be available at the library when I start uni next month.

There were also many little asides that I found very amusing and are the chief joy in reading any history — my favourite was the person who advised the young men working for him to masturbate before coming to work as it would mean that, for the morning at least, they would be able to give their full attention to their work. Surprisingly enough, this advice was not given by an American, but rather a Frenchman.

However, there was enough detail and information here to whet my appetite to read more. Not only did the founders of the US not consider democracy all that appealing an idea, they actively sought to ensure that only the right sort of people would ever have power in the US. The American Constitution, said the Justice, mandibles clattering joyously, does not provide any American citizen the right to vote for president.

This is absolutely true. I think that perhaps the measure of the worth of a book of history is not whether it sates our curiosity concerning a period, but if it inspires us to read more and gives us enough of an overview to know where to go next.

But if it also show the relevance of the issues at hand during a period of history to our own day, then it is something infinitely more.

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Early life[ edit ] Eugene Louis Vidal was born in the cadet hospital of the U. Gore — The middle name, Louis, was a mistake on the part of his father, "who could not remember, for certain, whether his own name was Eugene Louis or Eugene Luther". Albans school, where Vidal attended preparatory school.

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Shelves: history I dont really know very much about American History I know some of the cliches, of course, it would be very hard not to have picked those up over the years, but the details are all a bit vague. The fact that it was written by Gore Vidal was certainly an appealing consideration. This was anything but a dry history. The letters between Adams and his wife sound like a joy to read if I can ever track them down looks like they will be available at the library when I start uni next month. There were also many little asides that I found very amusing and are the chief joy in reading any history — my favourite was the person who advised the young men working for him to masturbate before coming to work as it would mean that, for the morning at least, they would be able to give their full attention to their work. Surprisingly enough, this advice was not given by an American, but rather a Frenchman.

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