Inventing a Nation is a historical fiction about just how the Founders came together to resolve (push aside?) differences and make America work. I thought that his use of funny witticisms and some modern day parallels to 18th Century events were laughable at best. The entire book is bogged down by an over-arching anti-Republican (circa 2000 AD) feeling that really does more to harm the overall intentions of the book than to serve the ulterior motive of the author. For what it’s worth, I believe that the intentions of this book are to show that even in the illustrious cradle of America’s Democratic Republican history, there were problems that occur in today’s society. These problems include issues such as treason, protection of civil liberties, and looking forward into what the future might hold for policies that are decided today.
However, I cannot recommend this book to aspiring historians nor can I recommend it to those interested in the Founding Fathers since the overall tone of the book is such that it lends itself towards bashing the current political climate – regardless of what popular opinion believes in.
That being said…
If I had known that Gore Vidal – the author of this book – was an extreme liberal, I wouldn’t have bought this book. After reading this book and seeing his obvious dislike for the current administration and – on a larger scale – our entire government, I had to find out more about the guy who would profess this type of rhetoric. What I found was disturbing to say the least.
This man has asked for an investigation into whether or not the Bush Administration ALLOWED the 9/11 attacks to take place in a manner by which he means to imply that they knew full and well before-hand that the attacks were coming. Filth – utter, disgusting filth.
Having also just completed reading the 9/11 Report I can tell you that a bipartisan look into EVERY aspect of that attack has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that there was not only no fore-knowledge of an attack on the United States, but that our government (from the days of Clinton until 9/11) was NOT prepared to deal with an attack if it did come to our soil (which we all, sadly, saw on that September day).
My overall recommendation is to read this book if you are looking for a rendering of our Founding Fathers that lends itself towards an anti-Bush administration/Republican Party aura. However, for those of you who want the facts or who want a historical fiction with no other motive than to tell a good/funny story, you might want to look elsewhere for your next book.