"Books such as DeFerrari's push us to look up from our devices and enter a past that is not visual, but a part of a living city." --Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
"For aficionados of D.C. history, DeFerrari's lively historical nuggets - complete with plenty of vintage photos - will provide hours of pleasure and perhaps the occasional 'Gee, I didn't know that!'" --Karen Lyon, The Hill Rag
uses personal sketches, lithographs, period photos, and postcards to cover the city's earliest days as a sparsely populated "largely rolling farmland and rugged wilderness" to a city now with more than 600,000 residents....While focused on the past physical identity of the city, Lost also introduces us to a cast of personalities whose entrepreneurial Ã©lan helped build a growing city, the seat of a power of an expanding nation. These characters helped forge the city's emotional and social identity." --John Muller, Greater, Greater Washington
About the Author
John DeFerrari, a native Washingtonian with a lifelong passion for local history, pens the Streets of Washington
blog and is the author of Lost Washington, D.C.
(The History Press, 2011) and Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats
(The History Press, 2013). DeFerrari is active in historic preservation and serves as a trustee of the D.C. Preservation League. He also has a master's degree in English literature from Harvard University and works for the federal government.