Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

How We Got to Be So Hated


By Gore Vidal

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The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called “perpetual war for perpetual peace.” The Federation of American Scientists has cataloged nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor. In a series of penetrating and alarming essays, whose centerpiece is a commentary on the events of September 11, 2001 (deemed too controversial to publish in this country until now) Gore Vidal challenges the comforting consensus following September 11th and goes back and draws connections to Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. He asks were these simply the acts of “evil-doers?”

“Gore Vidal is the master essayist of our age.” — Washington Post

“Our greatest living man of letters.” — Boston Globe

“Vidal’s imagination of American politics is so powerful as to compel awe.” — Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books


On Sale
Apr 10, 2002
Page Count
174 pages
Bold Type Books

Gore Vidal

About the Author

Gore Vidal is the author of twenty-two novels, five screenplays, more than two hundred essays, and a memoir. Winner of the National Book Award for United Sates: essays 1952-92, Vidal lives in Los Angeles.

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