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Gore Vidal has been described as the last “noble defender” of the American republic. In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America - those who have camouflaged their extremist rhetoric in the Old Glory and the Red, White, and Blue - by demonstrating that those whose protest arbitrary and secret government, those who defend the bill of rights, those who seek to restrain America’s international power, are the true patriots. “Those Americans who refuse to plunge blindly into the maelstrom of European and Asiatic politics are not defeatist or neurotic,” he writes. “They are giving evidence of sanity, not cowardice, of adult thinking as distinguished from infantilism. They intend to preserve and defend the Republic. America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America.”

©2004 Gore Vidal (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Introduction © 2005 Gore Vidal. The Day the American Empire Ran Out of Gas; A Cheerful Response; Armageddon; Notes on Our Patriarchal State; The National Security State; The State of the Union: 1980; The Second American Revolution from United States Essays 1952-1992 by Gore Vidal © 2001 by Gore Vidal. Used by permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House.

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