Exciting New Books in Washingtoniana
Published on Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:58pm
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|My First Ladies
Nancy Clarke gives readers a behind the scenes look at what life was like as the White House’s chief floral designer for 25 years. Serving under six administrations, Clarke assisted First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter with finding their own individual style when it came to planning flower designs for state dinners and holiday festivities at the White House. Nancy also describes her amazing life at the White House, a place she fondly refers to as her second home.
|Washington During Civil War and Reconstruction Race and Radicalism
Robert Harrison provides new insight into grass-roots Reconstruction after the Civil War and into the lives of those most deeply affected, the newly emancipated African-Americans. This book also describes the ways in which federal agencies attempted to assist Washington’s freed population and sheds new light on the political processes that led to the abandonment of Reconstruction and the onset of Black disenfranchisement.
|100 Artists of Washington, D.C.
F. Lennox Campello has compiled works by 100 leading contemporary visual artists who represent the tens of thousands of artists working in this culturally and ethnically diverse region. This book displays more than 640 works of art in which Campello offers a primer for both the savvy art collector and the beginning collector.
|The Stone of Hope: Martin Luther King Memorial and Master Sculptor Lei Yixin
Mike Jingmin Xiong introduces the origin of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial project. He examines the global competitive design process and the controversy surrounding the decision on choosing the sculptor of record, Master Lei Yixin. This book also provides insight on the sculptor’s life experiences and professional achievements, as well as the technical procedures in making the massive statue.
|No Fear: A Whistleblower's Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo tells the harrowing and inspiring story of landing her dream job at the EPA, working with Al Gore’s special commission to assist post-apartheid South Africa. However, when she tried to get the government to investigate allegations that a multinational corporation was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of South Africans mining vanadium -- a vital strategic mineral -- the agency stonewalled. Coleman-Adebayo blew the whistle.