Washington as seen through a number of eyes, mostly writers' but also Jefferson (on his deal with Hamilton for establishing the capital there), Hoover on life at the White House, and Eleanor Roosevelt as the White House. Moderns include Fletcher Knebel, Art Buchwald, Allen Drury, Russell Baker, John Dos Passes; others: Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain. Period diaries: Carp, Ellen Mary Slayden. The gamut runs from cocktail parties to the Capitol, the city in wartime. And a 1919 riot that sounds like 1967. An easy reader, long on humor, shorter on substance.