Empire of Mud by J. D. Dickey audiobook

Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC

By J. D. Dickey
Read by John Lescault

Blackstone Publishing 9780762787913

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 01/28/2020

    ISBN: 9781094090108

  • Available on 01/28/2020

    ISBN: 9781094090092

  • Available on 01/28/2020

    ISBN: 9781094090115

Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Washington, DC, gleams with stately columns and neoclassical temples, a pulsing hub of political power and prowess. But for decades it was one of the worst excuses for a capital city the world had ever seen. Before America became a world power in the twentieth century, Washington City was an eyesore at best and a disgrace at worst. Unfilled swamps, filthy canals, and rutted horse trails littered its landscape. Political bosses hired hooligans and thugs to conduct the nation’s affairs. Legendary madams entertained clients from all stations of society and politicians of every party. The police served and protected with the aid of bribes and protection money. Beneath pestilential air, the city’s muddy roads led to a stumpy, half-finished obelisk to Washington here, a domeless Capitol Building there. Lining the streets stood boarding houses, tanneries, and slums. Deadly horse races gouged dusty streets, and opposing factions of volunteer firefighters battled one another like violent gangs rather than life-saving heroes. The city’s turbulent history set a precedent for the dishonesty, corruption, and mismanagement that have led generations to look suspiciously on the various sin—both real and imagined—of Washington politicians. Empire of Mud unearths and untangles the roots of our capital’s story and explores how the city was tainted from the outset, nearly stifled from becoming the proud citadel of the republic that George Washington and Pierre L’Enfant envisioned more than two centuries ago.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dickey brings the place to life, relating how it looked, felt, and functioned…An entertaining story.” Library Journal
“Dickey pulls no punches…Only someone who loves the city can be so honest about its flaws, and this love shows in Dickey’s flowing style and knowledgeable approach.” Publishers Weekly
“Engrossing, revealing…Dickey effectively illustrates the political and social instability that surrounded the construction of the city.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: J. D. Dickey

Author Bio: J. D. Dickey

J. D. Dickey has written or co-written volumes on numerous American cities, including Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC. His other work includes articles for newspapers such as the London Daily Mail, magazines such as Rhapsody and Budget Travel, and online sites such as The Fix and Void magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television and has created numerous short films.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English