Grand Avenues The Story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C.
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Description: 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.
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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|
|A Note on Sources|