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Washington Fergus M. Bordewich

Washington

Fergus M. Bordewich

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ISBN : 9780061755545
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400 pages
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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 wasMoreWashington, 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 nations 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 nations beginnings, Bordewich once again brings his novelists eye to a little-known chapter of American history.