Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

2018 Washington DC history books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history (and biography) published  in 2018. A Goodreads link is included for those available to provide more details on each title, the author, and book availability*.


Roger C Aden, ed. et al. Rhetorics haunting the National Mall displaced and ephemeral public memories.

—. US public memory, rhetoric, and the National Mall. https://www.worldcat.org/title/us-public-memory-rhetoric-and-the-national-mall/oclc/1048240771/

William Billow. Hatch, match, and dispatch : the life and times of the almost Reverend William Billow. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37955127-hatch-match-and-dispatch/

David W. Blight. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedomhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38530663-frederick-douglass

Peggy Cooper Cafritz; Njideka Akunyili Crosby; Charmaine Picard. Fired up! ready to go! : finding beauty, demanding equity : an African American life in art : the collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36019256-fired-up-ready-to-go/

Charles Carroll Carter; William Charles DiGiacomantonio; Pamela Scott. Creating Capitol Hill : place, proprietors, and people. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42076100-creating-capitol-hill/

James B. Conroy. Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29360062-lincoln-s-white-house/

Adam Costanzo – George Washington’s Washington : visions for the National Capital in the Early American Republic.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36739995-george-washington-s-washington —- Author interview: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/adam-costanzo-interview-with-a-washington-dc-history-author/

Michael J. Curtis. Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History & Guide.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36199112-classical-architecture-and-monuments-of-washington-d-c

James Tertius de Kay; Michael W Fazio; Osborne Phinizy Mackie; Katherine Malone-France; Bruce M White. The Stephen Decatur House : a history. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42640837-the-stephen-decatur-house

Frederick W. Gooding. American Dream Deferred: Black Federal Workers in Washington, D.C., 1941-1981. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39860087-american-dream-deferred/

Jeanne Beck Hanrahan; Ginny Callanen; Anita Seline; Lena Frumin. Janney days, 1925-2000, 2001-2018 : a brief history of Bernard T. Janney Elementary School. https://www.worldcat.org/title/janney-days-1925-2000-2001-2018-a-brief-history-of-bernard-t-janney-elementary-school/oclc/1045427763/

Robert K Headley; Pat Padua. Movie theaters of Washington, DC.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40098000-movie-theaters-of-washington-dc

John C. Hirsh. Power and probity in a DC cooperative : the life and death of Sursum Corda. https://www.worldcat.org/title/power-and-probity-in-a-dc-cooperative-the-life-and-death-of-sursum-corda/oclc/1021851376

Amanda Huron. Carving out the commons : tenant organizing and housing cooperatives in Washington DC.

Maurice Jackson; Blair A Ruble – DC jazz : stories of jazz music in Washington, DC.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36820237-dc-jazz

Beth Kanter; Emily Goodstein. No access Washington, DC : the capital’s hidden treasures, haunts, and forgotten places. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36748649-no-access-washington-dc

Robert James Kapsch. Building Washington : engineering and construction of the new Federal City, 1790-1840.

Thomas Kenning – Abandoned Washington D. C.

Dae Young Kim. Transnational communities in the smartphone age : the Korean community in the nation’s capital. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37810111-transnational-communities-in-the-smartphone-age

Gil Klein. Trouble in Lafayette Square : assassination, protest, & murder at the White House. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40110707-trouble-in-lafayette-square/
Interview with the author: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/gil-klein-interview-with-a-washington-dc-history-author-trouble-in-lafayette-square/

Thomas E Luebke. Palace of state : the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39952634-palace-of-state/

Aaron Marcavitch. US route 1 : Baltimore to Washington, DC. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36565876-us-route-1

Lopez D Matthews, Jr. Howard University in the World Wars : men and women serving the nation. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39082492-howard-university-in-the-world-wars

Charles A Miller. Covington : a centennial story. [Covington & Burling]

Mary-Elizabeth B Murphy. Jim Crow capital : women and Black freedom struggles in Washington, D.C., 1920-1945. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39396204-jim-crow-capital/

Sharon Pendana. Secret Washington D.C. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28228529-secret-washington-d-c/

James Rada, Jr. Secrets of the C&O Canal : little known stories and hidden history along the Potomac River. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40071417-secrets-of-the-c-o-canal/

Jonathan Riffe. Thomas Sweatt : inside the mind of DC’s most notorious arsonist.

Kim Roberts – A literary guide to Washington, DC : walking in the footsteps of American writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36868867-a-literary-guide-to-washington-dc Related author interview: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/kim-roberts-interview-with-a-d-c-website-creator-dc-writers-homes/

Joseph Rodota. The Watergate : inside America’s most infamous address. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35098706-the-watergate

Tim Rowland. Strange and obscure stories of Washington, DC : little-known tales about our nation’s capital.

Marko Ivan Rupnik; Michelle K Borras; Peter Škrlep; Tamino Petelinšek; Carl A Anderson. The space of communion : the mosaics of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

Krista Schlyer. River of redemption : almanac of life on the Anacostia. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39983747-river-of-redemption/

William Seale. The White House : the history of an American idea. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42975603-the-white-house/

Mary Evans Seeley. Season’s greetings from the White House. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42386605-season-s-greetings-from-the-white-house/

John H Spiers. Smarter growth : activism and environmental policy in metropolitan Washington.

Jerome Tuccille. The war against the vets : the World War I Bonus Army during the great Depression. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36478412-the-war-against-the-vets/

Steven T. Usdin. Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38888996-bureau-of-spies/

J Samuel Walker. Most of 14th Street is gone : the Washington, DC riots of 1968. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36076318-most-of-14th-street-is-gone/

Kenneth T Walsh. Ultimate insiders : White House photographers and how they shape history.

John E. Washington. They Knew Lincoln. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34785411-they-knew-lincoln/

Kimberly Prothro Williams. Lost farms and estates of Washington, D.C.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36985634-lost-farms-and-estates-of-washington-d-c/ Interview with the author: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/kim-prothro-williams-interview-with-a-washington-dc-history-author/




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