In a HARDtalk interview shown on 22nd May 2008, Gore Vidal talks gives his perspective on the US presidential race.
Gore Vidal, writer
The United States is the world's pre-eminent economic and military power, but the American mood is characterised by uncertainty.
Opinion polls point to a hunger for change, but will this year's presidential election deliver it?
For six decades Gore Vidal has charted the course of the United States in novels, essays and biting commentary.
Is the sun setting on imperial America?
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