Washington: The Making of the American Capital

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$ 19.95 $ 27.95
ISBN: 9780060842383
Fergus M. Bordewich / Amistad/BOMC


In this page-turning book from the author of Bound for Canaan and Killing the White Man's Indian, Fergus Bordewich reveals the hidden and somewhat unsavory side of the nation's beginnings through the funding and construction of its capital. Washington himself stood to gain from the Potomac River location of the city to be named after him, argues Bordewich, in what he calls "one of the most intense political struggles in American history ... a kind of national parable, embodying the central contradiction of America, persisting even today, between noble intentions and the sordid realities of power."

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