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Re: Fifty Essential Washington DC History Books (2011)

A title that must be on the list of the best 50 books on Washington history is Alan Lessoff’s “The Nation and Its City: Politics, ‘Corruption,’ and Progress in Washington, D.C., 1861-1902" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994).  The book deals with critical change and development in Washington in the decades after the Civil War, when the nation’s capital became the city we know today.


John Richardson

Re: Fifty Essential Washington DC History Books (2011)

Kate Masur's Example for All the Land about Reconstruction in DC is excellent and deserves to be on the list, and Kenneth Winkle's Lincoln's Citadel also deserves consideration. I'm surprised that Constance Green's epic Washington (from which Secret City was extracted) is not listed. I guess winning a Pulitzer isn't good enough!

Chris Myers Asch <chrismyersasch@gmail.com>