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Publication Order of Peter Cutler Sargent II Books

as Edgar Box
Death in the Fifth Position (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Before Bedtime (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Likes It Hot (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Narratives of Empire Books

Chronological Order of Narratives of Empire Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Williwaw (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
In a Yellow Wood (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
The City and the Pillar & Seven Early Stories (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Season of Comfort (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Search for the King (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cry Shame! (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Green, Bright Red (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thieves Fall Out (As: Cameron Kay) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judgment Of Paris (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Messiah (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Visit to a Small Planet and Other Television Plays (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Julian (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Sisters (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kalki (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creation (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duluth (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Live from Golgotha (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Smithsonian Institution (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

The Best Man (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Evening with Richard Nixon (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gore Vidal's 'Caligula' (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Thirsty Evil (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collected Mysteries of Edgar Box (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Gore Vidal (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clouds and Eclipses (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Rocking the Boat (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sex, Death, and Money (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reflections Upon a Sinking Ship (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homage to Daniel Shays (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Matters of Fact and of Fiction (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Views from a Window (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second American Revolution and Other Essays, 1976-1982 (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vidal in Venice (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Armageddon? (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Home (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paths of Resistance (With: Isabel Allende,Charles McCarry) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
A View from the Diners Club (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Screening History (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
United States 1952-1992 (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Palimpsest (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Virgin Islands (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexually Speaking (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Empire (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Point to Point Navigation (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Essays (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snapshots in History's Glare (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Told You So (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vidal vs. Mailer (With: Norman Mailer) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buckley vs. Vidal (With: William F. Buckley Jr.) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Nation Books

Los Gusanos (By: John Sayles) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of The Nation (By: Victor Navasky,vanden Heuvel, Katrina) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Betrayal of America (By: Vincent Bugliosi) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreaming War (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unsustainable (By: Eamonn Fingleton) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red and the Blacklist (By: Norma Barzman) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Napoleon's Glance (By: William Duggan) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shaking the Foundations (By: Pete Hamill,Bruce Shapiro) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Prayer for America (By: Dennis Kucinich) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking Back America (By: Katrina Vanden Heuvel,Robert L. Borosage) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hole in the World (By: Jonathan Schell) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth About Camp David (By: Clayton E. Swisher) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good, the Bad and the Dolce Vita (By: Norman Mailer,Mickey Knox) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murdered by Capitalism (By: John Ross) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imperial America (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killed (By: David Wallis) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love, Poverty, and War (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Against the Beast (By: John Nichols) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The High Times Reader (By: Ann Nocenti,Paul Krassner,Ruth Baldwin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deserter from Death (By: Howard Zinn,Daniel Singer) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood, Class and Empire (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Genocide of the Mind (By: Vine Deloria Jr.) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Icons of America Books

Inventing a Nation (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wall Street (By: Steve Fraser) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Such Thing as Silence (By: Kyle Gann) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alger Hiss and the Battle for History (By: Susan Jacoby) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frankly, My Dear (By: Molly Haskell) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
King's Dream (By: Eric Sundquist) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy: The Art of the Tease (By: Rachel Shteir) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andy Warhol (By: Arthur C. Danto) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big House: Image and Reality of the American Prison (By: Stephen Cox) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Liberty Bell (By: Gary B. Nash) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unwarranted Influence (By: James Ledbetter) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joe DiMaggio (By: Jerome Charyn) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hollywood Sign (By: Leo Braudy) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Dylan (By: David Yaffe) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Renegade (By: Frederick Turner) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jackson Pollock (By: Evelyn Toynton) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Statue of Liberty (By: Edward Berenson) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gateway Arch (By: Tracy Campbell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Deadly Sins(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
FIRST WORDS: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citing Atheists: Quotes of Agnosticism, Non-Theism, Skepticism, Irreligion, Free Thought, and Philosophy(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Gore Vidal was an American author who was best known for his political commentary and television appearances. Born in 1925, Vidal rarely had any kind words for his nation, often referring to the United States as a decadent empire ruled by a militaristic dictatorship.

Vidal died in 2012 at the age of 86.


Gore Vidal was born to Eugene Luther Vidal and Nina Gore at West Point in New York. He attended St. Albans Preparatory School. At birth, Gore was christened Eugene Louis Vidal.

It wasn’t until he was baptized at the age of 13 at Albans that he got the name ‘Gore’. That was in 1939. Two years later the author became Gore Vidal, choosing to discard his other names because he believed an author needed something sharp and succinct for a name if people were to remember him.

Vidal’s father was a military man, a lieutenant at a Military Academy in the United States. He worked in the aeronautics department. Vidal’s mother, who divorced his father in 1935, was an actress who had the fortune of appearing on Broadway.

Nina Gore was married again on two separate occasions, with the marriages giving Gore Vidal a few half-siblings. The author started reading at a young age. This was partly because of his grandfather Thomas Pryor Gore who went blind at one point and required young Vidal to read aloud to him.

Vidal’s love for Italy and, in particular, Rome was well documented. The author got to traverse Europe as a young man and Rome had such an impact on him that it featured heavily in a number of his literary creations.

The author regrets not staying in Europe longer. WW II forced him to return to the United States. Vidal got his chance to serve his country when he was 17. He enrolled in the army, became the first mate on a ship and, as he traversed the area between San Francisco Bay and the Aleutian Islands, wrote ‘Williwaw’, his first novel.

Gore Vidal loved to write about America’s public and private life. He was an intellectual who enjoyed matching his wits against the likes of Norman Mailer and William Buckley in debates about religion, sex, and politics.

And Vidal had no qualms about fighting fire with fire. He threw as much offense and vitriol at his opponents as he received. He took every opportunity afforded him to attack the views of his conservative readers and book reviewers.

+Literary Career

Gore Vidal’s first fictional undertaking was a military novel titled ‘Williwaw’. Vidal’s second novel (The City and the Pillar) put him on the map. The book not only featured a homosexual lead but it delved into the nature of homosexual relationships.

The book elicited a powerful moralistic furor and while it definitely elevated the visibility of Gore Vidal’s name, he also saw his works ostracized from certain literary circles. The majority of critics railed against the central message of his books.

But that did little to affect the success of Vidal whose literary career skyrocketed. By the time he died, the author had over two hundred essays to his name, this not including the two dozen novels in his bibliography.

Vidal always held strong progressive views. He attempted to run for office on the Democratic Party ticket twice but he lost. So he turned his efforts towards pushing the Democratic Party agenda in his essays.

The author eventually passed away from complications resulting from pneumonia. But by the time he died, Gore Vidal was known more for his outspoken political, social, and cultural opinions than the books and essays he wrote.

The author had a tendency to make statements and suggestions so inflammatory that even Newspapers and magazines that supported the Democratic Party wouldn’t print his words.

That did not stop him from finding ways of getting his messages heard.


Gore Vidal has produced numerous works about the history of the United States. He has gone to great lengths to explore eras ranging from the Revolution to the Second World War.

In Burr, Vidal takes a look at one of the country’s more complicated Founding Fathers. Being Vice President was the least significant of Aaron Burr’s achievements. Not only did he kill his political nemesis (Alexander Hamilton) in a duel but he was accused of treason at one point in time.

Despite eliciting a reputation as a monster, the respect Vidal commanded never waned, and neither did his influence on the political landscape.

Burr is the first book in the Narratives of Empire series. The book throws the spotlight on Aaron Burr, a figure that set the political arena of his time on fire. Despite the chaos he was prone to generating, Burr came pretty close to becoming president of the United States.

Gore Vidal uses his wicked sense of humor and charming literary style to present the different dimensions of Aaron Burr. Vidal tells Burr’s story using Charles Schuyler, a young author who Burr takes a liking to and permits to write his biography.

Charles is hired to listen to Burr’s narrative and arrange it appropriately, producing a literary work that does not necessarily tell the truth but, rather, gives an account of Burr’s life as he perceived it. The book finds Burr in his 70s. Despite all the scandals he has weathered, Burr isn’t afraid to lay it all bear because for all the respect he still enjoys in some circles, the political powerhouse is obsessed with not being forgotten.


Lincoln is one of America’s greatest presidents. In the pages of this book, Gore Vidal attempts to shade light on the different aspects of this monolithic figure. The Abraham Lincoln Vidal writes about was not steadfast in his opposition to slavery.

This Lincoln faced many an internal struggle over the decision to fight the machine that bought and sold people like they were cattle. And he only took those first steps to becoming the great emancipator when every other avenue had been exhausted and ultimately proven ineffective.

At that point, Lincoln plunged headfirst into the turmoil of war even as personal tragedy left him shaken.

Lincoln is the second novel in the Narratives of Empire series. The book shows the extensive research Gore Vidal did about the person of Lincoln and the many people that he engaged with.

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