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Washington schlepped here : walking in the nation's capital (edition 2003)

by Christopher Buckley, Grover Gardner (Narrator)

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Title:Washington schlepped here : walking in the nation's capital
Authors:Christopher Buckley
Other authors:Grover Gardner (Narrator)
Info:Books on Tape (2003), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Tags:2007-11, non-fiction, history, travel, tour, walking, washington, d.c., washington d.c., library book

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Washington Schlepped Here: Walking in the Nation's Capital by Christopher Buckley

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This walking guide is part of the Crown Journeys series, books written by well-known authors about the cities in which they live. It reads like a Bill Bryson travel book, high praise if you know my feelings on Bryson.

It’s full of fun anecdotes about the people who designed and built D.C., which I knew very little about before reading this. It’s a slim volume, so there’s not a lot of room for depth, but it’s a quick glimpse at how the city developed in the way it did.

The second half of the book takes on a slightly more serious feel as Buckley wanders through Arlington Cemetery and some of the city’s somber monuments. The sections on the Holocaust Museum and the struggle to get the Vietnam War Memorial built were particularly good. The story of the competition for the Vietnam War memorial design is so similar to The Submission it gave me chills. I had no idea it was so controversial.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s more entertaining than a regular travel guide, but it still has helpful info. I love seeing a city I’m visiting through the eyes of someone who lives there, so I enjoyed it. Read it if you’re planning a trip to D.C. ( )
  bookworm12 | Mar 29, 2013 |
Fun read, though I’m not sure how to classify it. It’s not really a travel book, not entirely humor, not exactly history. It will entertain the kind of person who enjoys quirky historical facts. ( )
  jholcomb | Nov 16, 2008 |
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In this book, former White House staffer Buckley takes us for several walks around the town and shares with us a bit of his "other" Washington. They include "Dante's Paradiso" (Union Station); the "Zero Milestone of American democracy" (the U.S. Capitol); the "Almost Pink House" (the White House); and many other historical (and often hysterical) journeys. Buckley is the sort of guide who pries loose the clichs that cling to a place as mythic as D.C. Insightful and practical, this book shows us that even a city whose chief industry is government bureaucracy is a lot funnier and more surprising than its media-ready image might let on.--From publisher description.… (more)

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