Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Sam Ward, King of the Lobby

The December 6, 2010 issue of The Weekly Standard carries my review of Kathryn Allamong Jacob, The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Sam Ward was quite a character—fantastically smart, frequently short-sighted, and endlessly lurching from fabulous success to disaster.  When he arrived in Washington, DC in 1859, he came into his own.  In a short time he was deemed King of the Lobby and known for his lavish dinners and gifts.

You can read the review online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/business-usual_519573.html.

You can shop for a copy here.

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