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Vidal reflects on his familial connections with various politicians on his mother's side, such as Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma, and through her remarriage into the Auchincloss family to John F. and the other Kennedys. Aside from the "excellent novelist" Louis Auchincloss, there are in that family numerous lawyers, stockbrokers and doctors whose Cosa Nostra is the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Vidal says. He recalls Hugh D. ("Hughdie") Auchincloss when, "early in life, at Yale, in fact, Hughdie's originality was revealed; he was unable to do work of any kind."

Hughdie started a brokerage firm in Washington, D.C., and became a political "groupie," although he had little interest in politics except as a way to gather clients. "For Hughdie, the...

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