Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC by J.D. Dickey

By J.D. Dickey

Washington, DC, gleams with stately columns and neoclassical temples, a pulsing hub of political strength and prowess. yet for many years it was once one of many worst excuses for a capital urban the realm had ever obvious. prior to the US turned an international strength within the 20th century, Washington urban was once an eyesore at most sensible and a shame at worst. Unfilled swamps, filthy canals, and rutted horse trails littered its panorama. Political bosses employed hooligans and thugs to behavior the nation's affairs. mythical madams entertained consumers from all stations of society and politicians of each celebration. The police served and guarded as a result of bribes and safety cash. underneath pestilential air, the city’s muddy roads resulted in a stumpy, half-finished obelisk to Washington right here, a domeless Capitol construction there. Lining the streets stood boarding homes, tanneries, and slums. lethal horse races gouged dusty streets, and opposing factions of volunteer firefighters battled each other like violent gangs instead of life-saving heroes. The city’s turbulent heritage set a precedent for the dishonesty, corruption, and mismanagement that experience led generations to seem suspiciously at the numerous sin--both actual and imagined--of Washington politicians. Empire of dust reveals and untangles the roots of our capital’s tale and explores how town used to be tainted from the outset, approximately stifled from turning into the proud castle of the republic that George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant expected greater than centuries ago.

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