1876 Author:Gore Vidal The country reels from the scandals of the Grant administration, the privileged wallow in gross luxury, and dark intrigues mark the presidential election in that Centennial year. — Charlie Schuyler, Aaron Burr's unacknowledged son returns to this flamboyant American after his long, self-imposed European exile. His finances depleted, but his perso... more »nal ambition grown massive, Schuyler hopes to arrange a suitable marriage for his beautiful, devoted daughter, a widowed princess. He plans to write about the Centennial celebration and the presidential election for the newspapers and to ingratiate himself with the favored candidate, Samuel Tilden.
Schuyler and his daughters soon find themselves at the centers of American social and political poswer in an astonishing year of fading ideals and growing empire.« less