How a Frenchman's Vision of Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading B
Publication Date: May 2008
The dramatic story of how Washington, D.C., was rebuilt after being burned by British troops in 1814, and how the birth of the capital reflected the birth of the nation.
Les Standiford is the author of numerous books, including Spill, Raw Deal, Black Mountain, Deal with the Dead, Bone Key, and Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean. His short stories and articles have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and his novels have been reprinted in the United Kingdom, Holland, France, Germany, and Japan. Les has also been a regular reviewer for the Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and the New York Daily News.Les attended the Air Force Academy and the Columbia University School of Law, and he holds a B.A. in psychology from Muskingum College in Ohio and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. He spent twenty years in the West, working variously for the U.S. Forest, the Utah Parks Company, and the U.S. Park Service. He is a former screenwriting fellow and graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.Les has won the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived with his wife and three children since 1985. Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career. While he has been seen performing over one hundred of them in theater and film, Michael is primarily heard, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. During his career as a one-man repertory company, he has recorded many series with running characters-including the complete Travis McGee adventures by John D. MacDonald and the complete Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout-as well as series by such masters as Mark Twain, John Cheever, and John Updike. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for At All Costs by Sam Moses and In Nixon's Web by L. Patrick Gray III. Named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine, he holds an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Southern California. Michael appears regularly on the professional stage, including as a member of Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company, performing such great roles as Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451, which became the second-longest-running production in the Los Angeles area. Bradbury himself dubbed Michael "the finest Beatty in history."