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Democracy (Vintage International)
Democracy - Vintage International
Author: Joan Didion
Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which muc...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679754855
ISBN-10: 0679754857
Publication Date: 4/25/1995
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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I found this book to be a bit of a political eye-opener. The theme is democracy, viewed from many angles. The timeline is primarily during the Vietnam years and centers on an American family of businessmen and politicians. The novel is more about what Didion sees as the corruptive nature of public service itself. She maintains that ''the assistance effort'' in Vietnam to be ''a specifically commercial enterprise'' and is concerned with ''the whole skein of threads necessary to transfer the phantom business predicated on the perpetuation of the assistance effort.' I would recommend this book for readers who are interested in the late `60's early `70's era in America.


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