Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Gore Vidal, a longtime critic of American imperialism, died Tuesday. He was 86. Jesse Walker and John Nichols have posted notable obituaries, and Salon.com has compiled several of Vidal’s memorable television appearances.

For those interested in exploring Vidal’s oeuvre, Justin Raimondo reviewed Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson and The Golden Age and defended Vidal’s take on Timothy McVeigh. Bill Kauffman, whom Vidal dubbed “the sage of Batavia,” reviewed Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir and The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal for The American Conservative.

10 thoughts on “Gore Vidal, 1925-2012”

  1. It's sad they we've lost both Alexander Cockburn and Gore Vidal within a week of each other.

    This is shaping up to be a tough year for those opposing the war party.

    He'll certainly be missed.

    1. Even in his death, it will be difficult to miss Gore Vidal. With his extensive writing catalogue and innumerable interviews, his penetrating analysis of the American condition and his timeless wit will be with us forever.

  2. What a different country we would have if only Gore Vidal could have been President.

    He was America's Shakespeare. Literate, funny, provocative and unconventional.

    And while I will always cherish his political essays and interviews…

    My favorite book of his was "An Evening with Richard Nixon."

    When I read it I got thrown out of my college library for laughing too loudly.

    Read him and he will pull you out of Plato's Cave.

    Because he is the Enlightenment on any book shelf.

  3. Gore Vidal was an advocate of socialized medicine and domestic big government. He never seemed to realize that if government was allowed to break from its constitutional moorings on domestic matters, you'd end up with a bloated imperial state. Of course, in America it was the empire which led to Vidal's beloved welfare state. I never understood how Vidal could off such trenchant criticism of US foreign policy and then turn on dime and advocate that the same psychopaths and crooks who run the warfare state should be given the power to micromanage our private lives in the name of welfare state,

    A government that is big enough to give you everything, is also big enough to take it away.

  4. RIP Gore Vidal

    Truly Mr. Vidal is one of the world's greatest writers and intellectuals

    He has gone to a far better place

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