Washington: How Slaves, Idealists, and Scoundrels Created the Nation's Capital
Washington, D.C., is home to the most influential power brokers in the world. But how did we come to call D.C.—a place one contemporary observer called a mere swamp "producing nothing except myriads of toads and frogs (of enormous size)," a district that was strategically indefensible, captive to the politics of slavery, and a target of unbridled land speculation—our nation's capital? In Washington, acclaimed and award-winning author Fergus M. Bordewich turns his eye to the backroom deal making and shifting alliances between our Founding Fathers and in doing so pulls back the curtain on the lives of slaves who actually built the city. The answers revealed in this eye-opening book are not only surprising and exciting but also illuminate a story of unexpected triumph over a multitude of political and financial obstacles, including fraudulent real estate speculation, overextended financiers, and management more apt for a "banana republic" than an emerging world power.
In this page-turning work that reveals the hidden and somewhat unsavory side of the nation's beginnings, Bordewich, once again, brings his novelist's sensibility to a little-known chapter in American history.
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Review: Washington: The Making of the American CapitalUser Review - Betty McMahon - Goodreads
I learned a lot about the making of the capitol that I didn't know. But the book was tainted big time with political correctness that spoiled much of it. Read full review
Review: Washington: The Making of the American CapitalUser Review - J Mark Brinkmoeller - Goodreads
Terrific as have been all the books authored by Mr. Fergus Bordewich. The role slavery commanded amidst the politics of deciding on a location for the capital and the impact of land speculators in stunting the growth of Washington were particularly rewarding elements in this book. Read full review
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