Doug Ireland reviews Dennis Altman’s Gore Vidal's America, a new intellectual biography of the incomparable Gore Vidal. In the course of the review, Ireland provides a excellent brief account of the highlights of Gore's career.
Gore Vidal, now 80, has been one of the most relentlessly honest critics of American culture. He played a significant role in bringing homosexuality out of the closet, he has been an insightful critic of American imperialism since the 50's, and he remains one of the most important figures in American secular culture.
See also The Gore Vidal Index a multi-media website with an extensive collection of written and audio-visual work by and about Vidal.