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Washington at Home: An Illustrated History of Neighborhoods in the Nation's Capital Hardcover – April 19, 2010

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Smith and her impressive team of authors provide a most intriguing and wide-ranging historical picture of America’s capital city. With additional chapters and captivating pictures, this edition delivers a fascinating tour of Washington’s many communities and their development over the last two centuries. This grand and invigorating story gives the reader an exciting view and a thorough understanding of Washington, D.C., a unique city with a broad diversity of American people.

(James Oliver Horton, author of The Landmarks of African American History)

Real people. Real neighborhoods. Kathryn Smith finally puts a real face onthe Americans who call the Nation's Capital home.

(Tom Sherwood, reporter, WRC, NBC in Washington, D.C.)

Away from the somber-faced government buildings and tourist-crowded memorials, there’s another Washington―a lively, diverse collection of historic neighborhoods where thousands of people live and shop, worship and play in the shadow of world-famous iconic landmarks. Using words and pictures to bring this little-known city to vivid life, Kathy Smith’s engaging book is a goldmine of information―and surprises, too―for Washingtonians and visitors alike.

(Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation)

At nearly 500 pages with hundreds of historical and contemporary photos, the book reveals a tapestry-like portrait of the city so many of us call home.

(Debra Bruno Roll Call)

If you’ve ever wandered through the connected neighborhoods that are Washington and wondered who lives there now, and who’s gone before, the answers can be found in a new book, Washington at Home.

(Jennifer Nycz-Conner Washington Business Journal)

A must-read for any resident with a love of local history and landmarks.

(Jane Freundel Levey Express Night Out)

A timeless resource for D.C. and history buffs alike.

(Christopher Schoppa Washington Post)

About the Author

Kathryn Schneider Smith, a historian, author, and editor, is the founding executive director of Cultural Tourism DC, a past president of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the founding editor of its journal, Washington History.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; second edition edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801893534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801893537
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark G. Griffin on May 7, 2010
This is the Second Edition of a very interesting and readable book about the history of some of Washington's best known and most loved neighborhoods. It is a book that can be read in segments as time allows or all at once. The writing is excellent and the pictures are wonderful.
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I liked the book's written history about each neighborhood.
However, I would have liked to see more historical pictures showing how the buildings, stores, structures, roads & overall genre of the DC neighborhoods have changed throughout the past century. For example, my Dad was born & raised in DC & describes the U st. Cardozza neighborhood during the 1940's as looking COMPLETELY different than what it is today. It would be nice to look at some of that history at the ever changing landscape of my city.
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By Nancy on January 12, 2015
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Gorgeous and comprehensive volume about the wide range of neighborhoods in DC. I am totally enthralled with this book!
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