Inventing a Nation Essay

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A Book Review “INVENTING A NATION – Washington, Adams, Jefferson” By Monique C. Cook December 8, 2011 Professor Padden - US History to 1877 Introduction In this review, I will share my thoughts on the book “Inventing a Nation, Washington, Adams, Jefferson”, written by Gore Vidal, published in 2003. In a unique way, Vidal expresses his views on George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, American’s first three Presidents. Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms, the convention halls, and even the bedrooms of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and others like Alexander Hamilton. We come to know these men, as Vidal brings them to life and shares key moments of decision in the birthing of our nation. Through numerous quotes from unknown works, he shares their opinions of each other, their worries about money, and their concerns about creating a strong democracy. The book was written in an extremely random manner. It was not easy to follow along to determine the goal of the book. The chapters weren’t titled so it makes it challenging for the reader to conclude on Vidal’s opinion of matters or have one logical structure. As an analytical person, I found it hard to follow the flow of this book and understand why matters were even mentioned since some matters were not introduced properly. I did notice Vidal didn’t have a consistent viewpoint in a some areas, instead he wrote very sarcastically. This review will express my summary of how Vidal describes how the nation was founded and some of the contradictions in doing so. Background on the Author Vidal was born in October 1925. He is an American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and political activist. He was the first major American author to feature unambiguous homosexuality in his writings

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