As you’d expect with a subtitle like “Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta,” Gore Vidal’s latest collection of essays offers some scathing remarks on current US politics, but most of the little book is filler compiled from older Nation essays. Not that there’s anything wrong with his observations on the course of the American Empire since 1945 — but what I really wanted to hear more about is the current administration. Some conspiracy stuff regarding Pakistani/CIA involvement in 9/11, and his regular bristeling wit.