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Posted October 20, 2010
Recommend, highly, a must read for all Americans, indeed!
As a white male American with roots in the South dating back to 1610, when my great, ........ grandfather arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, as well as a person with Ivy League credenitals all the way to the Ph. D. in American history, I found Bordewich's book to something that I literally could not put down until it was read from cover to cover. Talk about filling-in the cracks, from L'Enfant's real role in the design of the nascent country's capitol city, to the suggestion that had the location not been in one of the slave states, the country's Civil War might well have happened much sooner, and with a very different outcome. As Dr. Larson's comment on the book jacket reads, "Every American should read this book." AmenWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2010
Third time... not so charming
That is how many times I have attempted to read this book, and each time becomes more painful than the last. It's as if you accidentally entered into an argument with the author and he is repeatedly attempting to ram his opinion down your throat. I get it. You don't think George Washington was that great. I understand that slaves played a huge role in the building of our nations capital. However, do you have to go on a tangent about it for 10 pages every time you casually mention the name of someone who was a slave owner?!? If you are going to advertise your book as a history of our nations capital perhaps you should consider writing about that.
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Posted September 30, 2010
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