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Ghosts! Washington Revisited by John H. Alexander
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Aug 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from August 04 to 11, 2011

I got this book for my trip to Washington, DC. Unfortunately, weight limits on luggage prevented me from taking it on the trip.

I began reading it upon my return and I still found it interesting. I was now familiar with DC and I understood the locations better. I'd visited surprisingly few of the locations in the book; if/when I next go to DC, I'll have new places to go. (The maps at the end will be very helpful.)

From the get-go, I've disliked the cover page. Although I could understand the ghostly/burning building on the cover, I was confused by the face. What the heck is that? What does it pertain to? The answer wasn't provided until near the end of the book and I still wonder how that statue got rendered so horribly and then placed on the cover.

The stories are a mix of first-person accounts, newspaper accounts, third-hand accounts, and rumors and legends. Some of the stories left me with more questions. Some stories seemed just that: stories. But some were intriguing.

I'd recommend this book for those who enjoy a blending of fact with fiction. There's a lot of real history in this book about ghosts.

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Quotes Laura Liked

“The popular notion that ghosts are likely to be seen in a graveyard is not borne out by psychical research... A haunting ghost usually haunts a place that a person lived in or frequented while alive... Only a gravedigger's ghost would be likely to haunt a graveyard.”
John H. Alexander, Ghosts! Washington Revisited: The Ghostlore of the Nation's Capitol

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