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Though today’s Congress seems combative, all the filibusters and name-calling are nothing compared to when Congressmen actually stabbed and shot one another. From the infamous caning of Charles Sumner to endless duel challenges, historian Joanne Freeman shows that these frayed tensions were practically destined to erupt into Civil War. Remembering the Congress of the past solely as hallowed halls and dignified men is dangerous, she argues, as the real history reveals uncomfortable yet necessary truths about a union on the brink of collapse. Written with wit, flair, and a hint of cheek, Freeman presents these Congressmen as petty, triumphant, stoic, and vengeful—or, as she puts it more simply, human.

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374154776
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 11th, 2018

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Although I’ve lived in DC for six years, there were many places in this book that I had never even heard of before. Even when writing about famous sites like the National Air and Space Museum, Seiger points out artifacts that many of us would normally pass by. The sites vary widely, including outdoor parks, performing venues, restaurants, locations where seasonal events take place, and memorials in every quadrant of DC. In addition, the Tips section typically features other nearby sites—so really, you get to choose from almost 222 places! Even if you can’t get to all the sites, you’ll definitely discover at least one new favorite spot!

111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss Cover Image
By Andrea Seiger, John Dean (Photographer)
$19.90
ISBN: 9783740802585
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Published: Emons Publishers - June 12th, 2018

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The tales of the double agents featured in this book sound too good to be true, which makes it all the more amazing that they are. Though all six agents were certainly cunning and brave, they could also be irrational, petty, and selfish—essentially, human. All were crucial to the success of Operation Fortitude, the Allied campaign to trick the Germans into believing that the invasion of France would happen at Calais, not Normandy. MacIntyre brings these spies to life through his vivid descriptions, making it clear that despite the sexy job title and sometimes outlandish duties, these agents suffered and sacrificed.

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307888778
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Published: Broadway Books - May 14th, 2013

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