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The Resource Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk, John Steele Gordon

Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk, John Steele Gordon

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Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk
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Washington's monument
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and the fascinating history of the obelisk
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John Steele Gordon
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Washingtons monument
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and the fascinating history of the obelisk
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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 granite. 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"--
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/* Starred Review */ Gordon (An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, 2004) uses a history of the Washington Monument to present an enjoyable tale of Egypt's obelisks, the nations who appropriated them, and how they moved them. The author interlaces the story of the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument, the "tallest structure, by law," in Washington, D.C., with the tales of ancient Rome, Paris, and London, civilizations that collected as much of Egypt's antiquity as possible. The book is stuffed with interesting facts, not the least of which are the ingenious methods used to lower, transport, and re-erect the obelisks. Napoleon, even in his military failure in Egypt, mounted a major scientific expedition responsible for finding the Rosetta Stone. It was the carvings on an obelisk that enabled Jean-François Champollion to utilize the stone to decipher hieroglyphics. From the time of Caesar Augustus to the erection of Cleopatra's Needle in New York's Central Park, humans have found ways to roll, float, tow, and tip these multiton objects in spaces public and private. One of the smallest obelisks was discovered by England's great Egyptologist William John Bankes, and it stands today in his gardens in Dorset. Once construction began, Washington's edifice took 40 years to build. Although it was originally proposed in 1783, actual construction did not begin until 1848. Attempting to secure private funding only held the project back until Congress finally agreed to support it with a grant in 1876. The design was decried as a factory chimney or a stalk of asparagus, but the finished product, with no ornamentation save for an aluminum (more fun facts here) pyramid atop to reflect sunlight, dominates the city and serves as a wonderful symbol of the United States. A delightful book that is just plain fun to read, packed with all kinds of curious facts and oddities.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2015)
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Gordon, John Steele
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  • 711.4097
  • 975.3
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  • Washington, George
  • Washington, George
  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)
  • Buildings
  • Monuments
  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)
  • HISTORY / United States / General
  • ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Landmarks & Monuments
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)
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and the fascinating history of the obelisk
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Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk, John Steele Gordon
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-216) and index
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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
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1578663
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24 cm
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229 pages
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9781620406502
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2015036462
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  • (Sirsi) i9781620406502
  • (OCoLC)907966075
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Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk, John Steele Gordon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-216) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent
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
Control code
1578663
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9781620406502
Lccn
2015036462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781620406502
  • (OCoLC)907966075

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