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The Fight for Fairfax

A Struggle for a Great American County
Russ Banham


BUY Cloth · 296 pp. · 6.25 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780981877952 · $29.95 · Jul 2009

The Fight for Fairfax presents the story of a group of local citizens in Fairfax County, Virginia, and their efforts over the past half-century to invent a place that would be more than simply a Washington, D.C., suburb. Told from the group’s point of view, the book chronicles their vision of Fairfax and the steps they took to bring it to life. The group faced many opponents, including populist politicians and anti-growth forces, and this book examines those clashes as part of the overall story.

The Fairfax pro-development group--a zoning attorney, a university president, two defense contractors, a homebuilder and several county officials, real estate developers, and engineers--believed their work would transform Fairfax’s rural landscape into what might be called the cradle of the Information Age. And indeed, Fairfax has become a vibrant economic hub that boasts of modern industries, high-paying jobs, superior public schools, a multicultural workforce, and abundant open spaces. In making the case for these architects of change, the author, who extensively researched the subject and conducted numerous interviews with key players, produces an eloquent account that must be considered by all--those who agree with and even those who question the development.

The Fight for Fairfax will appeal to a diverse audience, including local Virginia history buffs and scholars and those with an interest in business history, especially in terms of the challenges and opportunities that are often linked to growth and change.

Distributed for George Mason University Press

About the Author: 

Russ Banham is a veteran business journalist and author of nineteen books, including The Ford Century and Wanderlust. He has written articles for numerous publications, including Forbes, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and U.S. News and World Report.

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