Grand Avenues The Story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C.

ISBN-10: 1400076226
ISBN-13: 9781400076222
Edition: N/A
Authors: Scott W. Berg
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

In 1791, shortly after the United States won its independence, George Washington personally asked Pierre Charles L'Enfant--a young French artisan turned American revolutionary soldier who gained many friends among the Founding Fathers--to design the new nation's capital. L'Enfant approached this task with unparalleled vigor and passion; however, his imperious and unyielding nature also made him many powerful enemies. After eleven months, Washington reluctantly dismissed L'Enfant from the project. Subsequently, the plan for the city was published under another name, and L'Enfant died long before it was rightfully attributed to him. Filled with incredible characters and passionate human drama, Scott W. Berg's deft narrative account of this little-explored story in American history is a tribute to the genius of Pierre Charles L'Enfant and the enduring city that is his legacy.

A Note on L'Enfant's English
A Pedestal Waiting for a Superstructure
An Infinity of Small Moments
A Powerful Friend Among the Princes of the Earth
The Remembrance of My Former Services
In Every Respect Advantageously Situated
A Plan Wholly New
The Wheel to Give Motion to the Machine
The Whole Leveled and Thrown to the Ground
Measures of the Most Immediate Moment
An Implicit Conformity to His Will
The Disappointment of Absolute Dues
Getting the Go By
A Share in the Undertaking
The Assurance of Things Hoped For
Epilogue
A Note on Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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