The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital

The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital

by Burt Solomon

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Overview

The Washington Century chronicles the hundred-year rise of the nation's capital as it grew to become the most powerful city in the world — a story made vivid through the history of three very different families, each representing an essential aspect of Washington: the Cafritzes, headed by a real estate mogul and his consummate hostess wife; the Boggs family, a political force in the ultimate political town; and the Hobsons, lead by a prominent black activist and civic leader in the first black-majority American city. Veteran journalist Burt Solomon uses these families to explore everything from the customs of Washington's elite society to the expansion of the federal bureaucracy, the District's own struggle for self-governance, and the influential role that politics and, increasingly, lobbying have played in the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060937850
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Burt Solomon is a contributing editor for National Journal, where he has covered the White House and many other aspects of Washington life. In 1991 he won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. He is also the author of the acclaimed Where They Ain't, a history of baseball in the 1890s. He lives with his wife and children inside the Beltway.

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