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Washington: The Making of the American Capital Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 6, 2008
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A splendid and eminently readable account of both the seamy and idealistic impulses that placed our nation’s capital where it is, and an excellent reminder of the importance of land speculation in our political history from the very beginning to today. (Michael Korda, author of IKE and ULYSSES S. GRANT)
“In his magnificent new book Fergus M. Bordewich brings to life the history of our nation’s capital.” (New York Amsterdam News)
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Top Customer Reviews
The story of L'Enfant, the lack of money and the various schemes floated to build the capital city is well worth telling, and where the author stays on track he does fairly well. The young nation survived by the narrowest of margins, and it was not until the 1830s that the nation was on its feet financially. During the time of this story political parties were formed, the branches of government jockeyed for their places in the division of power, and the major cabinet departments appeared. At the same time the hurly-burly of western expansion took place, the War of 1812 was foolishly fought (and nearly lost), and the U.S. was fortunate to escape without substantial loss of territory or crushing reparations. The capital was burned by the British in 1814, and the militia so loved by Jefferson proved inadequate to repel professional soldiers.Read more ›
Fergus M. Bordwich’s well-researched book makes for a ripping good story, about how and why the nation’s capital was moved from New York City to a pasture on the banks of the Potomac, and how it evolved from shanty town, to slave capital, to what it is today—the symbol of American freedom and democracy. If you have the slightest interest in U.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One with a cause. This book reads more like a polemic than it does a historical narrative, and even the narrative part doesn’t square with the facts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hopeless with computers
Excellent review of how the nation's capitol came to reside in Washington D.C. This is not he history you will find in textbooks. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Stanley R. Schneider
This is not a good book. Just saying. Not a well rounded account and not a scholarly history. Nothing to see here, ladies and gentleman, move along.Published on June 1, 2014 by James Kevin McKethan
I love this book -- Bordewich sets forth the early years of our nation's capital with a discerning eye, letting us see the high aspirations, political deals, real estate... Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Silver Spring Dave
I recommend this book to anyone interested learning about how Washington started. It is truly a one grew big storyPublished on February 28, 2014 by reggie smith
I read about three quarters of the book before giving up. It talks very little about Washington the city. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Feng Ouyang
I suspect the author realized he wouldn't sell even one copy of his book if he had more accurately entitled it "How African-Americans saved the U.S. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Timothy E. Arehart
In this book Fergus M. Bordewich chronicles the early history of the nation's capital of the U.S.A., highlighting the political struggles, sectional rivalry, backroom dealing, and... Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by M. A. Ramos