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The Smithsonian Institution

(1995)
A novel by

 
 
It's 1939, and a teenage math genius is mysteriously summoned to the Smithsonian Institution, where a crash program to develop the atomic bomb is being conducted in the basement. The boy turns out to hold the key to both the secrets of nuclear fission and breakthroughs in the time continuum. As he brainstorms with Robert Oppenheimer, he catches a glimpse of the coming war and becomes determined to ward off the cataclysm. In a race against time-and surrounded by figures from American history past and present, including Albert Einstein, Grover Cleveland, and Abraham Lincoln-he battles to save not just himself, but humanity. Gore Vidal has written some of the finest and most inventive novels in modern times. Readers of such bestsellers as Burr, Lincoln, Duluth, and 1876 will revel in this, his latest foray into the American scene. A brilliant and vividly imaginative tale about some of the key events of the twentieth century, The Smithsonian Institution is a dramatic masterwork of comedy and allusion.

Genre: General Fiction

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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-316-64504-4 / 978-0-316-64504-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown & Co.
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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 1-56895-650-9 / 978-1-56895-650-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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October 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: The Smithsonian Institution
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-316-84701-1 / 978-0-316-84701-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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February 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-375-50121-5 / 978-0-375-50121-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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February 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-316-64586-9 / 978-0-316-64586-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE.
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Paperback Editions

January 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-349-11072-7 / 978-0-349-11072-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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September 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-15-600648-0 / 978-0-15-600648-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Audio Editions

March 2020 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 1-5436-9621-X / 978-1-5436-9621-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2020 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 1-5436-9622-8 / 978-1-5436-9622-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 1-55935-276-0 / 978-1-55935-276-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soundelux Audio Pub
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1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Smithsonian Institution
Author(s): Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0-7366-4156-4 / 978-0-7366-4156-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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