Book Tour: Under the Capitol Dome

by John J. Miller on December 27, 2010

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Welcome to the twentieth stop on the book tour.

The statues of several presidents are on display in the Capitol rotunda. Some of the action in The First Assassin takes place in this room, beneath a dome that was still being built in 1861.

From The First Assassin: “They passed through a doorway and almost immediately were in the Capitol’s rotunda, which was open to the sky. A massive wooden scaffolding rose from the center of the room, reaching toward the hole where the dome was supposed to rest. More than a hundred feet above his head, Rook could see a few men clinging to the planks and moving a giant crane. They were continuing the slow work of construction. President Lincoln had insisted that their efforts not stop, because they held symbolic importance to a divided nation.”

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