This is a great treatise on exactly what it is titled -- the inventing of our nation, how the founders put together the democratic republic that exisits today, even if it isn't exactly what many of them intended. It's not really the author's fault that I am lukewarm. I probably should know more about American history than I do to enjoy this audiobook. He does jump around a lot... one minute he is talking about the Hamilton/Burr duel and the next telling us what Hamilton is doing. I'm like, wait I thought Hamilton was dead! In his defense, the whole "US invade Canada in response to 9/11" thing is really quoting some modern-day pundit and comparing that silly notion to an attack on Canada that took place in 1795. (Some people are so sensitive!) If you're really into history and can understand some of his more oblique references, I'm sure you will love this book. As for me, it is back to "U.S. History for Dummies!"
I wasn’t aware that the title referred to what the author was doing – Inventing (making up) a History. I thought he was giving honor to the founding fathers but I am told that is out of fashion now. The author took the writing of this book, presumably about the founders of this nation, as a chance to bash the current administration. He makes non sequitur remarks about the thinking of men over 200 years ago with random unrelated comments about current events.
I was looking for an honest review of some of the most important men to have graced this planet and wound up with nonsense about the author’s view of today’s world and revisionist history. He even goes to the extraordinary step of dubbing his voice into spots of particular revision. Much as is done with Kung Fu movies of the 1970’s. This gives a freakish highlight to these revisions.
Some parts were good but the shortcomings overwhelm those.
I listened to this while watching the HBO series "John Adams", which helped me keep interest.
Parts of the book were interesting while the personal opinions of Vidal's were grating.
But all in all, it was a decent enough read...
This is a great book to listen to if your don't like chronology, order, or unbiased writing. I'd rather have a HISTORY book rather than a politically charged sleeping aid. This is not a book for the historically ignorant, either. You've got to remember alot of graduate level history in order to follow this pontification.
This book seems to be a joining of historical fact and Vidal's editorial views of history. Verbiage at times is intellectual in format so if you're looking for a light read, this isn't the book.
I thought I was downloading an American history book. Had the author left out his current political opinions by using this book as a soap box to move his political agenda, the book would have been excellent.
The book is interesting, but beware. As the author moves off subject and into events of the last 50 years it becomes apparent the author is giving opinion more than facts. For example he states the US had as much right to invade Canada after 9/11 as we did Afghanistan. It is okay with me if he wants to have this opinion, but he makes statements to support his belief without mentioning other side of the issue (he gives an unbalanced view of current history). These comments seem out of place and fairly slanted. It makes you wonder what part of the historical events is his opinion or fact.
I wrote a review of this book, it was not posted and I wonder why? It's strange that those reviews that seem to have a "poltical bent" and even go so far as to say "reader beware" are allowed to be posted - but mine was not. If you have a chance, please let me know, thanks, MC
Vidal gave some interesting insights into the making of our nation, but his negative insertions regarding our country's current state left me cold. I finally just turned it off. Also, the vocabulary used is certainly not something that children or teens would enjoy. Very disappointing.
American history as written by an America hater, complete with snide and disparaging asides of pure (and rather hateful) opinion. For conspiracy theorists, perhaps, a must listen, for everyone else, pure trash! Not worth it at any price.