Washington: The Making of the American Capital
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Bordewich, F. M. (2008). Washington: The Making of the American Capital. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc.

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Bordewich, Fergus M. 2008. Washington: The Making of the American Capital. Tantor Media, Inc.

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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 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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      • content: Bordewich's history of the making of the U.S. capital--from conception to completion--deals extensively with the racial realities of post-Revolution America. The city of Washington's location was chosen to be close to slave states, and its construction was done largely by slaves. Narrator Richard Allen has the "Darth Vader" voice of James Earl Jones, booming and very African-American. Allen faces a daunting vocabulary ("panegyric," "moiety," "oleaginous") that might seem pretentious to many listeners. He handles it with ease in a regional American accent. Adapting a history with so much geography to an audiobook without maps makes the challenging story even more so. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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        Bordewich (Bound for Canaan
        ) depicts how some improbable and unwelcoming terrain on the Potomac came to be chosen in 1790 as the site for the nation’s capital. Bordewich likewise narrates the graft, inefficiencies and myriad injustices that went into the design of the new capital and the construction of the first state buildings. As the author emphasizes, slavery affected everything about the genesis of Washington: the politics of selecting a site that was nominally Southern to placate Jeffersonian Democrats; the construction of such buildings as the White House and the Capitol—projects that exploited slave labor. Bordewich also reveals the backroom politics wherein the conservative Northern Federalist Alexander Hamilton made a deal regarding federal fiscal policy and the siting of the so-called “Federal Territory.” Bordewich is especially strong in painting portraits of such memorable characters as city planner Peter Charles L’Enfant as well as the brilliant black mathematician, astronomer and surveyor Benjamin Banneker, who did essential work on the first survey of the city, along with various piratical speculators whose greed nearly sank the grand project more than once. In sum, Bordewich tells a fascinating tale, and tells it well.

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