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The Grand Design

(The third book in the District of Columbia series)
A novel by

John Dos Passos's literary response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, The Grand Design critiques the gargantuan growth of bureaucracy in Washington during the Great Depression and World War II. The satiric novel conveys the author's frustration with federal overreach and the hollow rhetoric that sells it to the people.

"War is a time of Caesars," writes Dos Passos as he laments the death of idealistic, intelligent enterprises at the desks of elitist administrators. After witnessing the Spanish Civil War claim so many well-intentioned men, he advises caution for America's New Dealers: "Some things we have learned, but not enough; there is more to learn. Today we must learn to found again in freedom our republic."

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1981 : USA Hardback

Title: Grand Design
Author(s): John Dos Passos
ISBN: 0-89244-036-8 / 978-0-89244-036-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Queens House
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : USA Paperback

Title: The Grand Design: A Novel
Author(s): John Dos Passos
ISBN: 1-5040-1548-7 / 978-1-5040-1548-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Distribution
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