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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (72 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Les Standiford, Michael Prichard Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400176427
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In 1814 British troops invaded and burned Washington; the White House still bears scorch and soot marks on its foundation stones. Until the British tried to obliterate it, many Americans remained violently opposed to the idea of Washington as the nation’s capital. It was only after the British lesson in “hard war,” designed to terrorize Americans, that the city became a locus of unity and national pride.

The dramatic story of how Washington, DC, rose from a wilderness is a vital chapter in American history, filled with intrigue and outsized characters—from Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the eccentric, passionate, difficult architect who fell in love with his adopted country, to George Washington, who struggled to balance L’Enfant’s enthusiasm for his brilliant design with the strident opposition of fiscal conservatives such as Thomas Jefferson. Their conflicts mirror the struggles of a fledgling nation to form a kind of government the world had not yet known, prefiguring similar battles fought in Congress today.

Utterly absorbing and scrupulously researched, Washington Burning offers a fresh perspective on the birth of not just a city but a nation.

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  • “Standiford’s dramatized synthesis is a solid choice for the history set.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sacha | 11/9/2012

    " Very interesting topic and people. Sometimes dull writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian Moran | 11/2/2011

    " This is a well-researched, but sometimes dry history. I suppose it doesn't help much that everytime they quote the story's main protagonist, L'Enfant, his convoluted and sometimes tortured syntax slows progress down to an absolute crawl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 9/22/2011

    " This book portrays the history and development of the city of Washington DC, along with all the frustrating and annoying interferences of self-seeking politicians and greedy businessmen who almost succeeded in preventing the building of the city. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 12/21/2010

    " This book was not very good and I do not think I will ever finish......not worth the time. Stopped reading and did not finish.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sacha | 12/21/2010

    " Very interesting topic and people. Sometimes dull writing. "

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About the Author

Les Standiford is the bestselling author of numerous books and novels, including the John Deal mystery series, and the narrative histories Last Train to Paradise and The Man Who Invented Christmas, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, a psychotherapist and artist.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.