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The Washington Monument : it stands for all
Allen, Thomas B.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Discovery Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
172 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

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F203.4.W3 A46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
F203.4.W3 A46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F203.4.W3 A46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Published to coincide with the reopening of the newly renovated Washington Monument, this lavishly illustrated companion to the July 3rd Discovery Channel special offers a unique look at the world's tallest freestanding masonry structure and national icon. 275 full-color and duotone photos.

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Booklist Review

Allen, author of, most recently, America from Space (1998) and Offerings at the Wall (1995), and coauthor with Defense Secretary William Cohen of Murder in the Senate (1993), provides the text and various sources supply the illustrations for this celebration of the famous white obelisk on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Those who watched hours of millennium fireworks will remember that the Washington Monument has been cloaked in scaffolding and a blue cover during a multiyear renovation; the cover comes off July 4, and cable's Discovery Channel will broadcast a documentary paralleling this volume on July 3, 2000. After a brief introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose, Allen discusses George Washington; the century it took to decide how to honor him and then to construct the selected design; the composition and contents of the monument; and some of the history the monument has "witnessed," from picnics and fashion shoots to major political demonstrations. Full of fascinating photographs and line drawings; an obvious choice for anyone who's actually climbed the monument's long flights of stairs. --Mary Carroll

Library Journal Review

The Washington Monument is a grand symbol honoring a grand man. Hero of the Revolutionary War, father of our country, and our first President, Washington, the man, needs no further elaboration. The monument, however, is a different story, and Allen captures it in this thoroughly illustrated book, published to coincide with the reopening of the monument in early July after a two-year renovation. It will also coincide with a TV special on the Discovery Channel. Allen provides a brief biographical sketch of Washington; a chronology of the construction of the monument, which took almost 100 years; and background on events centering on and around the monument, Pierre Charles L'Enfant's plans for the city, and the evolution of the monument itself. No one who has visited Washington, DC, and seen the Capitol Mall with its important buildings and various monuments will want to miss this book. Highly recommended for all libraries.DThomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver, Penrose Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.