10 best classic political novels

2. Lincoln, a Novel, by Gore Vidal

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    Lincoln, by Gore Vidal, Vintage, 672 pp.
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Gore Vidal achieves the holy grail of historical fiction in Lincoln. He writes a comprehensive, historically accurate account of Lincoln's career – but does so in a lively fictional style, creating a novel that is as informative as it is entertaining to read. Vidal brings to life Civil War era politics and Lincoln's presidency by populating his novel with vibrant portraits of Lincoln's compatriots, including Mary Todd.

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