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The Best Gore Vidal Books

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List of the best Gore Vidal books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Gore Vidal is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Vidal is an intellectual known for his wit and polished writing, often focusing on U.S. history and American society. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite books below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Gore Vidal who want to know which books they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Items on this list include 1876 and The City and the Pillar. What are Gore Vidal's best works? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    10

    Burr

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1973

    SubjectsUnited States of America

    Genres (Book)Novel, Historical novel, History

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    25
    8

    Julian

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1964

    SubjectsRome, History

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3
    25
    9

    Lincoln

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1984

    SubjectsAbraham Lincoln, United States of America, American Civil War

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

  • 5
    20
    10

    Creation

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1981-01-01

    SubjectsIran, History

    Genres (Book)Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    14
    4

    The Last Empire

    Gore Vidal
  • 7
    11
    1

    Hollywood

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1990

    Genres (Book)Novel, History

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    11
    2

    First Published1967

    Genres (Book)Novel, History

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    10
    3

    A Thirsty Evil

    Gore Vidal
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    9
    2

    Empire

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1987

    SubjectsUnited States of America, History

    Genres (Book)Novel, History

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    9
    4

    First Published1968-02

    Genres (Book)Satire, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    5
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  • 13
    8
    4

    1876

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1976

    SubjectsUnited States of America, History

    Genres (Book)Novel, Historical novel, History

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    9
    6

    The Golden Age

    Gore Vidal

    First Published2000-09

    SubjectsUnited States of America, History

    Genres (Book)Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    5
    2

    Messiah

    Gore Vidal, Boris Starling

    First Published1999

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16

    First Published1998-10-15

    SubjectsTime travel

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17

    First Published1948-01-10

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    4
    5

    Duluth

    Gore Vidal

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    7
    9

    Kalki

    Gore Vidal

    First Published1978

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    3
    4

    Myron

    Gore Vidal

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    4
    9

    Two Sisters

    Gore Vidal

    Original LanguageEnglish Language