Gore Vidal died in July at the age of 86 and these four previously unavailable interviews, spanning 20 years, show him talking in his usual provocative, stimulating, humorous and sometimes petty fashion.
Witty quips are scattered throughout I Told You So. Quizzed on whether it was true that actors Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon asked him to be godfather of their new baby, Vidal says: "Always a godfather, never a god."
The interviews, printed in reverse chronological order with 2008 first, have common themes - such as his influential grandfather, his play The Best Man or the presidency of J.F. Kennedy. Kennedy was an "operator", says Vidal, and JFK's family "had all the charm of two tons of condemned veal".