Our nation’s capital as it was — and is

Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley considers the genre of the “Washington novel” and finds that it comes up short. In fact, he concludes that the best such novel isn’t a novel at all. Rather, it is a piece of “popular history” by Margaret Leech called Reveille in Washington: 1860-1865. I am not familiar with this work, but Yardley’s account persuades me that I should remedy that state of affairs.

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