The other is Marvel.
by Lewis Tom
In Washington, historian Tom Lewis constructs a sweeping portrait of our capital city, breathing life into the men and women who shaped it—from the land speculator who nearly bankrupted the city in the 1790s to the black New Deal photographer who gave a face to its slums. Interweaving the story of DC’s physical transformation with an account of its political, economic, and social evolution, Lewis argues that the history of Washington doubles as a powerful narrative about the nation writ large. Through wars, expansion, financial depression, and the fight for civil rights, Washington’s contradictions and compromises have embodied our nation’s highest ideals and deepest failures.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom Lewis is a professor of English at Skidmore College. The author of four books, including The Hudson, he lives in Saratoga Springs, New York. [close]
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