The Lost History of the Capitol is an account of the many bizarre, tragic, and violent episodes that have occurred in and around the Capitol Building, from the founding of the federal capital city in 1790 up to contemporary times, including the events of January 6, 2021. In this 230-year span, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the neighborhoods nearby have witnessed dozens of high-profile scandals, trials, riots, bombings, and personal assaults, along with some inspiring events as well. This is a popular work about the US Capitol Building and its environs.
Among the many incidents the book chronicles are a duel-to-the-death between congressmen, the terror bombings of the Senate, the first assassination attempt on a US president, moving tributes to war heroes and heroines, vicious brawls between senators and congressmen, protest marches both uplifting and illicit, public hangings near the Capitol steps, a gun battle in the House, bloody ethnic broils quelled by a famous father and son, and the citywide and Capitol Building riots of 2020–21.
Edward P. Moser is a historian, tour guide, and author. A former speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush and a former editor of Time-Life Books, he was also a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of books on such subjects as history, politics, humor, medicine, and science. He also runs popular tours of the White House’s Lafayette Square and the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. His MA in foreign affairs is from George Washington University in DC, and his BA in history is from the State University of New York at Albany. Hailing from the Bronx, and an avid cyclist and traveler, he resides in historic Alexandria, Virginia.
PRAISE FOR EDWARD MOSER’S PREVIOUS BOOKS
“A fascinating read about an overlooked but important public space at the center of the Washington drama for decades.” —best-selling author Peter Schweizer on The White House’s Unruly Neighborhood: Crime, Scandal and Intrigue in the History of Lafayette Square
“A witty look at US history.” —Publishers Weekly on A Patriot’s A to Z of America