Washington : The Making of the American Capital

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Washington, D.C., is home to the most influential power brokers in the world. But how did we come to call D.C.—a place one contemporary observer called a mere swamp "producing nothing except myriads of toads and frogs (of enormous size)," a district that was strategically indefensible, captive to the politics of slavery, and a target of unbridled land speculation—our nation's capital?

In Washington, award-winning author Fergus M. Bordewich ...

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Overview

Washington, D.C., is home to the most influential power brokers in the world. But how did we come to call D.C.—a place one contemporary observer called a mere swamp "producing nothing except myriads of toads and frogs (of enormous size)," a district that was strategically indefensible, captive to the politics of slavery, and a target of unbridled land speculation—our nation's capital?

In Washington, award-winning author Fergus M. Bordewich turns his eye to the backroom deal making and shifting alliances among our Founding Fathers and in so doing pulls back the curtain on the lives of the slaves who actually built the city. The answers revealed in this eye-opening and well-researched book are not only surprising and exciting but also illuminate a story of unexpected triumph over a multitude of political and financial obstacles, including fraudulent real estate speculation, overextended financiers, and management more apt for a "banana republic" than an emerging world power.

In an engrossing work that reveals the hidden and unsavery side of the nation's beginnings, Bordewich once again brings his novelist's sensibility to a little-known chapter in American history.

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"Bordewich tells a fascinating tale, and tells it well." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400157440
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3, 12 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for Audiofile and Library Journal.

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  • Anonymous

    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." Amen

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  • 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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