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Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet. The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve,
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Steele Gordon
ISBN: 9781620406502 1620406500
OCLC Number: 907966075
Description: 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: A fascinating shape --
The Father of his country --
The gift of the Nile --
Building a stump --
Stealing obelisks --
Paris and London take their prizes --
Reaching the top --
Securing New York's moral grandeur --
Into the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: John Steele Gordon.
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"Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet. The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colorful saga of the ancient obelisks of Egypt. Nobody knows how many obelisks were crafted in ancient Egypt, or even exactly how they were created and erected since they are made out of hard granite and few known tools of the time were strong enough to work the stone. Generally placed in pairs at the entrances to temples, they have in modern times been ingeniously transported around the world to Istanbul, Paris, London, New York, and many other locations. Their stories illuminate that of the Washington Monument, once again open to the public following earthquake damage, and offer a new appreciation for perhaps the most iconic memorial in the country."--

"The fascinating story of the obelisk involves pharaohs, emperors, mathematicans, apostles, popes, engineers, philologists, ship captains, naval architects, lawyers, newspaper editors, politicians, priests, Masons, millionaires, Know-Nothings, and even the fathers of ecology and oceanography. And behind all of them were the countless thousands, forever unknown to history, whose muscle power, not to mention blood, toil, tears, and sweat, made the obelisk possible."

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