The Smithsonian Institution (novel)

The Smithsonian Institution is an alternate history novel by Gore Vidal, first published in 1998.

The Smithsonian Institution
Cover of the first edition
AuthorGore Vidal
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherLittle, Brown
Publication date
October 15, 1998
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages272 p.
ISBN0-316-64504-4
OCLC60211198

The novel is a fictional account of the adventures of "T." as he helps a group of scientists in the basement of the Smithsonian create the neutron bomb, and encounters historical figures such as President Abraham Lincoln, Charles Lindbergh, Eleanor Roosevelt and Mrs. Grover Cleveland.


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