The city ""they"" built in Washington, D.C. and for a different kind of picture story of a particular part of the nation's growth, this is tasty, colorful fare. Appealingly neat pictures by the author and well related anecdotes tell the story not entirely in chronological order, but in a way that brings one tale naturally out of another and livens each with a sense of having been there when it happened. In the beginning was the Indian village or Nacotchtank which, a hundred years later, had disappeared under waves of white settlement and which today is the site of the Bolling Air Force Base. The interim events- Washington's love of Mount Vernon, the work of the temptestuous L'Enfant, the stories of different buildings, the escape of Dolly Madison etc. follow interestingly.