Empire of Mud - J.D. Dickey

Washington, DC: the name conjures iconic imagery, grand boulevards and magnificent structures proclaiming the might of America. Once you’ve read Empire of Mud, however, any such associations come crashing right back into the swamp as J.D.Dickey embarks on his thoroughly entertaining history of our capital city. Starting as a disease-ridden, soggy patch of land selected by George Washington as part of an unsatisfactory compromise, Dickey lifts the lid on how this city truly came to be. Vice and corruption ran rampant: opposing firefighter gangs fought in the streets while madams and criminals took full advantage of a prevailing culture of lawlessness and crisis. Full of fascinating tidbits and memorable characters, this is history at its most vivid. 

Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC By J. D. Dickey Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780762787012
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Published: Lyons Press - September 2nd, 2014

Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC By J. D. Dickey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780762787913
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Published: Lyons Press - November 1st, 2015