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Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal
Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What stands out in this novel the most is Vidal's economical use of words. That is to say he is a master craftsman of sentences. He is a prose stylist of uncommon power and grace He is a perfect storyteller; his reader is always interested and certainly never bored.
The story is told through Lincoln himself, his wife Mary Todd, William H. Seward the Secretary of State, Salmon P. Chase the secretary of the Treasury; David Herold, in his elder teenage years, a future conspirator of John Wilkes Booth; and William Sprague, the roguish and clownish millionaire Rhode Island governor cotton magnate whose arrival on the scene portends the coming tribulations of the Chase family. The prime… Read more
Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal
Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vidal is a prose stylist of uncommon power and grace. What stands out in this novel the most is his economical use of words. That is to say he is a master craftsman of sentences. He is a perfect storyteller. He keeps his reader interested and certainly never bored.
The story is told through Lincoln himself, his wife Mary Todd, William H. Seward the Secretary of State, Salmon P. Chase the secretary of the Treausury; David Herold, in his elder teenage years, a future conspirator of John Wilkes Booth; and William Sprague, the roguish and clownish millionaire Rhode Island governor cotton magnate whose arrival on the scene portends the coming tribulations of the Chase family. The prime… Read more
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, an&hellip by Mahmood Mamdani
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The author discusses the U.S. effort to overthrow Congo's leader Patrice Lumumba in 1960, because he was too independent. The West wouldn't help him suppress a rebellion in Katanga province sponsored by Belgian mining interests, so Lumumba turned to the Soviet Union for aid. The U.S then had an excuse to get rid of him. Mamdani shows how the mercenaries the U.S. used to crush a Lumumbaist rebellion in Kivu province in 1964-65 committed horrible atrocities.. Then Lumumba's killer General Mobutu seized power and ravaged and looted the country with Western aid.
The author notes that the U.S. and South African backed rebels in Angola,UNITA, were cited by Africas Watch as being behind the… Read more