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By Gore Vidal
While a mortician seems to be on tv to claim that demise is infinitely top-rated to lifestyles, he sparks a non secular flow that quick leaves Christianity and so much of Islam within the dirt. Gore Vidal's deft and bold mix of satire and prophecy, first released in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.
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