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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fergus M. Bordewich Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400177448
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From the acclaimed author of Bound for Canaan comes a major work of American history on the astonishing compromises and alliances involved in making Washington, D.C., the capital of the new nation. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bordewich tells a fascinating tale, and tells it well.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliza | 11/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed the beginning and the end, ie the parts about DC. There was way too much tangential storyline about slavery and I felt the narrative was too much about African Americans and the capital. The book's title could have been about that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 9/13/2013

    " I actually never finished it. Interesting but not gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 8/14/2013

    " This is quite a tale: political machinations, unfunded real estate speculation (how timely) and slave labor are all featured in this biography of the capital city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/5/2013

    " Okay so far it is interesting. It was last months book club book.I got to page 68 and have retired it to the bathroom. It has interesting facts that I didn't know, very wordy. I think the book could be half the size. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JGP | 10/7/2011

    " A bit dry in places but very interesting overall. I learned a lot about how the location for the capital was selected and how the city was ultimately designed and built. Intriguing part of our history that many of us never learn about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 10/9/2010

    " How the site of the U.S. capital was decided, the failed attempt to fund its construction through private real estate development, and its consequent rocky start until government money was appropriated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mr. | 9/30/2009

    " This book really pales in comparison with "Grand Avenues". That book, primarily because of it's focus on L'Efant and his plan really hits the mark...this one just does not do the same. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 6/7/2009

    " Slightly more enjoyable than the weather during a typical DC July. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 2/11/2009

    " Top notch book. The author artfully moves back and forth from the numerous personages involved in the project. Well researched and factually incredible I highly recommend this book. "

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About the Author
Author Fergus M. Bordewich

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, among them America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. His articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. He lives in San Francisco. Visit him at FergusBordewich.com.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji. Allen is also the winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.