Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

2017 Washington DC history books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history (and biography) published  in 2017. A Goodreads link is included for those available to provide more details on each title, the author, and book availability*.

Christopher Anglim. The long path to freedom : sources of legal history of Washington, D.C. in the home rule era : an annotated bibliography.  Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2017.

Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove. Chocolate City-a history of race and democracy in the nation’s capital. University of North Carolina Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34546713-chocolate-city

Mark Benbow. The nation’s capital brewmaster : Christian Heurich and his brewery, 1842-1956.  McFarland & Company,  2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34350452-the-nation-s-capital-brewmaster

Jeff Biggers. The trials of a scold: the incredible story of writer Anne Royall. St. Martin’s,, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33574104-the-trials-of-a-scold

Fiona J Clem. Meridian Hill Park. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33368815-meridian-hill-park

John Y. Cole. America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress. GILES, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34381053-america-s-greatest-library

James B Conroy. Lincoln’s White House : the people’s house in wartime. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29360062-lincoln-s-white-house

Scott Crawford, Jim Saah, Cynthia Connolly. Spoke : images and stories from the 1980s Washington, DC punk scene. Akashic Books,  2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32278563-spoke

Charles Denyer. Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States.  Cambridge Klein Publishers, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36369880-number-one-observatory-circle
Andrew Gifford. We all scream : the fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream empire. SFWP, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33392238-we-all-scream

Meryl Gordon. Bunny Mellon : the life of an American style legend. Grand Central Publishing, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785089-bunny-mellon

Derek S. Hyra. Race, class, and politics in the Cappuccino City. University of Chicago Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31939302-race-class-and-politics-in-the-cappuccino-city

Shawna Kenney; Rich Dolinger. Live at the Safari Club : a history of harDCore punk in the nation’s capital, 1988-1998. Rare Bird Books, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33510185-live-at-the-safari-club

Elise K Kirk. Music at the White House : from the 18th to the 21st centuries. White House Historical Association, 2017. [2nd ed.]

Treva B Lindsey. Colored no more : reinventing black womanhood in Washington, D.C. University of Illinois Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32828192-colored-no-more

Cameron Logan. Historic Capital: Preservation, Race, and Real Estate in Washington, D.C.  University Of Minnesota Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34850397-historic-capital

Adrian Miller. The president’s kitchen cabinet : the story of the African Americans who have fed our first families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas. University of North Carolina Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32296409-the-president-s-kitchen-cabinet

Arthur Cotton Moore. Our Nation’s Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas. International Arts & Artists, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/review/new/38125141-our-nation-s-capital

Jeffrey R Parsons. Washington City in the fifties : a photographic essay. 2017.

Sally Quinn. Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir. HarperOne, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32979351-finding-magic

James Reston, Jr. A rift in the Earth : art, memory, and the fight for a Vietnam War memorial. Arcade Publishing, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34064063-a-rift-in-the-earth

Gilles Revelles. Washington, sanctuaire de la religion civile américaine : essai iconologique sur les hauts lieux de la cité fédérale. Presses universitaires d’Aix-Marseille, 2017. [French. Rough translation of the title: “Washington, temple of American civil religion: iconological essay on significant places in the federal city.”]

Jeffrey S. Reznick and Kenneth M. Koyle. US National Library of Medicine. Arcadia, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34179482-u-s-national-library-of-medicine

Rebecca Boggs Roberts. Suffragists in Washington, DC The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote. History Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35832046-suffragists-in-washington-dc

Curtis Roosevelt. Upstairs at the Roosevelts : growing up with Franklin and Eleanor. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32824093-upstairs-at-the-roosevelts

Paul Ryscavage. The Riggs War, 1913 to 1916: Reform and Revenge. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34638024-the-riggs-war-1913-to-1916

Simba Sana. Never stop : a memoir. Bolden, an Agate imprint, 2017 [orig. 2016] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35685160-never-stop

Carol Schwartz. Quite a Life!: From Defeat to Defeat … and Back. BookBaby, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36419836-quite-a-life

William Seale. Built for the ages : a history of the white house stone. White House Historical Association, 2017.

A White House of stone : building America’s first ideal in architecture.  White House Historical Association, 2017.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36626575-a-white-house-of-stone

Ross Schipper, Dwane Starlin. Burleith. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32820887-burleith

Isadore Seeman. Improving People’s Lives: A History of the Health and Welfare Council of the National Capital Area. Summit Crossroads Press, 2017.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36952086-improving-people-s-lives

Daniel Swift. The bughouse : the poetry, politics, and madness of Ezra Pound. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30141398-the-bughouse

Barbara Feinman Todd. How I Worked With Three Newspaper Icons, One Powerful First Lady, and Still Managed to Dig Myself Out of the Washington Swamp. Morrow, 2017.

United States. Office of the National Park Service Liaison to the White House.; White House Historical Association.; United States. National Park Service. The White House grounds and gardens, 2013-2016. National Park Service, 2017.

Robert Wallace, H Keith Melton, Henry R Schlesinger. Spy sites of Washington, DC : a guide to the capital region’s secret history. Georgetown University Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30148715-spy-sites-of-washington-dc

Paul Kelsey Williams, Gregory J Alexander. Southwest DC. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32140472-southwest-dc

Amy Waters Yarsinske. The Jefferson Memorial through time. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34794288-the-jefferson-memorial-through-time

Jessica Ziparo. This grand experiment : when women entered the federal workforce in Civil War-era Washington, D.C. University of North Carolina Press, 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34546717-this-grand-experiment


*Fiction and juvenile literature are not included in this list.

2016’s list here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/2016-washington-dc-history-books/



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