Washington

The Making of the American Capital
Product Number: EB00242000
Released: Mar 21, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780061755545
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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 once described as a mere swamp "producing nothing except myriads of toads and frogs (of enormous size)," and which was strategically indefensible, captive to the politics of slavery, and the target of unbridled land speculation-our nation's capital? In Washington, acclaimed, award-winning author Fergus M. Bordewich turns to the backroom deal-making and shifting alliances among our Founding Fathers to find out, and in doing so pulls back the curtain on the lives of the slaves who actually built the city. The answers revealed in this eye-opening book are not only surprising but also illuminate a story of unexpected triumph over a multitude of political and financial obstacles, including fraudulent real estate deals, overextended financiers, and management more apt for a banana republic than an emerging world power. In a page-turning work that reveals the hidden and unsavory side to the nation's beginnings, Bordewich once again brings his novelist's eye to a little-known chapter of American history.

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Author(s): Fergus M. Bordewich
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Mar 17, 2009

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Author(s): Fergus M. Bordewich
Narrator(s): Richard Allen
Genre: History
Product Number Z10004720
Released: Jun 16, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400127443

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