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The Golden Age Audiobook
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The Golden Age Audiobook



by Gore Vidal

  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Series: Narratives of Empire, Book 7
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Release date: 01-24-01
  • Language: English

The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire. The sharp-eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher turned Hollywood pioneer producer-star, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea. They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into World War II, and later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decades-long twilight struggle against communism. The locus of these events is Washington, D.C., yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts.

The Golden Age offers up United States history as only Gore Vidal can, with unrivaled penetration, wit, and high drama, allied to a classical view of human fate. It is a supreme entertainment that will also change listeners’ understanding of American history and power.

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Gore Vidal




17 hrs and 28 mins

Narrated by

Anne Twomey

Release date



Narratives of Empire, Book 7


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