#DailyBookQuote : 15th May 2014
– Gore Vidal (October 03, 1925 – July 31, 2012)
In this profoundly moving work of epic proportion and intense human sympathy, Abraham Lincoln is observed by his loved ones, his rivals, and his future assassin. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation to Jacqueline Kennedy. Vidal ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic. He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat. As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire. Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy. In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards. At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J. D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller.