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Washington Schlepped Here by Christopher Buckley
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Dec 28, 2007

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Recommended for: History buffs, travelers to DC

Christopher Buckley is the kind of conservative that likes to bite the hand of the federal government that feeds him. (The son of the more famous William F. Buckley, he made a name for himself first as part of Bush the Father's administration, but more recently as the author of Thank You for Smoking.) Most of the jokes in this humorous walking guide of DC are knee-jerk and annoying, but a few of them do come off, even for a liberal reader like myself.

Politics aside, though, this is a fun little book to read before you travel to DC, or even if you live here now. Some of the facts you'll learn more about: the Vietnam Memorial was loosely inspired on a graveyard memorial in Rock Creek Park; Lafayette Park (next to the White House) has been home to many unlucky souls, including Francis Scott Key's son, killed in a duel because he was sleeping with a congressman's wife; and Pierre L'Enfant, the designer of DC, was given a pauper's burial because he had angered too many of the town hotshots.

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