On this Spot: Pinpointing the Past in Washington, Part 3

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Capital Books, 2008 - History - 307 pages
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Now for a new generation of DC residents and visitors--a celebration of Washington, DC, its history, people, and neighborhoods--through fascinating archival photos and lively accounts. This is not a standard guidebook. It's a book that carries you back in time to meet the men and women who built and developed our Nation's Capital--not just the political types, but also the spies, murderers, bartenders, and writers. Stand on the spots where they stood when historic events took place, like the Fort McNair tennis courts, the historic spot where the Lincoln assassination conspirators were hanged. See the now august buildings and landscapes through the historical perspective of the rough, dirty, unhealthy place Washington once was. Neighborhood by neighborhood and using the 19 illustrated maps in On This Spot, you can travel through Washington, DC's history on your own. Features the sites where: * Important events took place * Famous people from American history lived, worked, and died * DC's changing neighborhoods * Buildings that have been lost and those that have been saved


"Witty and readable . . . this book will delight all those who like their history made both entertaining and accessible."The Washington Post

". . . a wonderful source of historical information for the browser as well as a traveler's goldmine." Library Journal

". . . thousands of fanciful facts . . . There's a whole city out there to discover."Washington City Paper

"The enlarged and revised third edition of the city's only historic guidebook has just been published by Capital Books. It is a celebration of Washington's history that invites you to stand on the exact spot where history was made. The tennis courts at Fort McNair, for example, were where the Lincoln assassination conspirators were hanged. Neighborhood by neighborhood and using the 19 illustrated maps and more than 100 evocative photos On This Spot" carries the reader back in time to meet the men and women who built and developed our nation's capital - not just the statesmen and politicians, but also the spies, murderers, bartenders and writers. You might need an extra copy of this classic for your guest bedroom. ""
The Washington Times, 2008/12/07

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User Review  - melodyaw - LibraryThing

This guide to the historical landmarks of D.C. succeeds in presenting a thoroughly unique viewpoint of the city and its long and colorful history. Through an entertaining combination of anecdotes ... Read full review

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A breezy guide for locals who like to ramble and tourists who enjoy planning interesting romps -- even armchair tourists, given the large number of historical photographs. I learned a few tidbits ... Read full review


Using On This Spot
Historical Timeline of Washington D C
The Capitol and Capitol Hill
The Union Station Area
Old Pennsylvania AvenueAmericas Main Street
Southwest Washington and the Navy Yard
Along the Mall
The Old Downtown
Out West
Cleveland Park Woodley Park and Vicinity
East of Rock Creek Park to Georgia Avenue
Brookland and Upper Georgia Avenue
Upper Northwest
Across the Anacostia River

The Franklin Square Area
The White House Neighborhood
The Dupont Circle and AdamsMorgan Area
Foggy Bottom
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DOUGLAS E. EVELYN retired in 2005 after 36 years at the Smithsonian where he served consecutively as deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery, American History, and American Indian museums. He's been a student of Washington history since his arrival in the city in 1963, and is currently a museum consultant and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

PAUL DICKSON is a full-time freelance writer living in Garrett Park, Md. He has written or co-authored more than 45 books, including two recent books on American history both set primarily in Washington: Sputnik: The Shock of the Century and The Bonus Army-An American Epic (with Thomas B. Allen).

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