. Illuminating the complexities of the los angeles aquaduct system, the politics behind supplying America's second largest city with water from hundreds of mile away, and the disaster that haunted William Mullholland until his final days.
Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los AngelesEcco #ad - The author of last train to paradise tells the story of the largest public water project ever created—William Mulholland’s Los Angeles aqueduct—a story of Gilded Age ambition, greed, hubris, and one determined man who's vision shaped the future and continues to impact us today. In 1907, irish immigrant william mulholland conceived and built one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 223 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Los Angeles—allowing this small, resource-challenged desert city to grow into a modern global metropolis.
At a time when the importance of water is being recognized as never before—considered by many experts to be the essential resource of the twenty-first century—Water to the Angels brings into focus the vigor of a fabled era, the might of a larger than life individual, and the scale of a priceless construction project, and sheds critical light on a past that offers insights for our future.
Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles #ad - Water to the Angels includes 8 pages of photographs. Drawing on new research, $23 million project that would transform a region, Les Standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, a state, and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century. With energy and colorful detail, force, deception, and power—including bribery, politics, Water to the Angels brings to life the personalities, and bicoastal financial warfare—behind this dramatic event.
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los AngelesUniversity of California Press #ad - She scrutinizes mulholland's life—from his childhood in Ireland to his triumphant completion of the Owens Valley Aqueduct to the tragedy that ended his career. This vivid portrait of a rich chapter in the history of Los Angeles is enhanced with a generous selection of previously unpublished photographs.
Los angeles times best Nonfiction Book of 2000 This first full-length biography of mulholland challenges many of the prevailing versions of his life story and sheds new light on the history of Los Angeles and its relationship with its most prized resource: water. Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, was the chief architect of the Owens Valley Aqueduct—a project ranking in magnitude and daring with the Panama Canal—that brought water to semi-arid Los Angeles from the lush Owens Valley.
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles #ad - William mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern California's history. Catherine mulholland, newspapers, the engineer's granddaughter, and adds to our historical understanding with extensive primary research in sources such as Mulholland's recently uncovered office files, provides insights into this story that family familiarity affords, and Department of Water and Power archives.
The story of los angeles's quest for water is both famous and notorious: it has been the subject of the classic yet historically distorted movie Chinatown, as well as many other accounts.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised EditionPenguin Books #ad - In his landmark book, marc reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, Cadillac Desert, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of political corruption and intrigue, of ecological and economic disaster.
The definitive work on the West's water crisis. Newsweekthe story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. Army corps of engineers, in the competition to transform the West. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition #ad - S. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage. This edition includes a new postscript by lawrie mott, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.
Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los AngelesBloomsbury Press #ad - Francis dam, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, suddenly collapsed, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, destroying everything in its path. Francis Dam. Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective story, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind L.
A. Noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown. But the failure of the St. Amazon book of the Year"Floodpath attempts to rescue the disaster from obscurity. Francis dam remains an urgent lesson about our human limits, all but forgotten today. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. The effect is powerful.
Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles #ad - The wall street journalA visionary and controversial search for water made Los Angeles possible. In an era of climate change, increasing demand on water resources, and a neglected American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam has never been more relevant. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten.
The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los AngelesBroadway Books #ad - From bestselling author gary krist, harbor-less, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California—bone-dry, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges—seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland.
Its signature industry. And aimee semple mcpherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city’s identity as a center for spiritual exploration. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L. A. At the heart of los angeles’ meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life here possible.
The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles #ad - The images they conjured up—of a blossoming city in the desert, of a factory of celluloid dreamworks, of a community of seekers finding personal salvation under the California sun—were like mirages liable to evaporate on closer inspection. All three would pay a steep price to realize these dreams, scandal, in a crescendo of hubris, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires.
D. W. All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists, of a kind.
The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American EmpirePublicAffairs #ad - It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields. The king of california is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s, drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world.
. The fascinating story of a cotton magnate whose voracious appetite for land drove him to create the first big agricultural empire of the Central Valley of California, and shaped the landscape for decades to come. J. G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. Demille to Cesar Chavez. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere.
The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire #ad - Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California.
The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across CaliforniaKnopf #ad - No other chronicler of the West has so deeply delved into the empires of agriculture that drink so much of the water. What he finds is hard earned, awe-inspiring, tragic and revelatory. In the end, his compassion for the land becomes an elegy to the dream that created California and now threatens to undo it.
In the dreamt land, built in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, he travels the state to explore the one-of-a-kind distribution system, that is straining to keep up with California's relentless growth. The dreamt land weaves reportage, history and memoir to confront the "Golden State" myth in riveting fashion. A vivid, and ruin, it has wroughtmark arax is from a family of central valley farmers, searching journey into California's capture of water and soil—the epic story of a people's defiance of nature and the wonders, a writer with deep ties to the land who has watched the battles over water intensify even as California lurches from drought to flood and back again.
The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California #ad - The nation's biggest farmers—the nut king, grape king and citrus queen—tell their story here for the first time. Arax, the native son, is persistent and tough as he treks from desert to delta, mountain to valley.
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado RiverRiverhead Books #ad - An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes. The colorado river is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on.
The story owen tells in where the water goes is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert —and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails.
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River #ad - He takes readers on an adventure downriver, reservoirs, and RV parks, power plants, ghost towns, fracking sites, along a labyrinth of waterways, farms, to the spot near the U. S. Mexico border where the river runs dry. Water problems in the western united states can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, ban golf, stop selling hay to China, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers.
David owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert.
The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th PresidentRandom House #ad - The shocking, crooked lawyers, featuring new revelations from a pulitzer prize-winning Wall Street Journal team With his blunt-force fame and the myths he’s propagated about himself, Donald Trump has always moved in a world of gossip barons, definitive account of the lawyers and media tycoons who enabled the rise of Donald Trump, and porn stars.
Terrifying, ultimately, corruption, and compulsively readable, The Fixers is an epic political adventure in which greed, darkly comic, and ambition collide, and that leads, lust, to the White House. Advance praise for the fixers “of the dozens of books chronicling Donald Trump’s presidency, The Fixers is destined to sit atop the pile.
It has everything you look for in a political page-turner: Colorful characters, sex, intrigue, corruption and—unlike much of the Trump canon—meticulous, factual reporting by two ace reporters. What a read!”—john carreyrou, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Blood. It is a distinctly american saga that navigates the worlds of reality TV, celebrity bashes, pornography, cash-for-trash tabloids, high-end real estate, single-shingle law shops, and politics.
The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President #ad - But when he became the republican nominee for the presidency in 2016, all of these characters crawled out from the underbelly of Trump’s stardom and stumbled onto the global stage with him. In the fixers, and desperate deals, influential relationship with roy cohn to his reliance on michael cohen, full of secret phone calls, and detailing Trump’s historic relationship with his fixers—from his early, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld have produced a deeply reported and exquisitely drawn portrait of that world, unearthing the practice of “catch and kill” by which Trump surrogates paid hush money to cover up his affairs, hidden texts, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
It traces the arc of their interactions from the 1970s through the 2016 campaign and beyond.
The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of HollywoodFlatiron Books #ad - Here too is robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Here is jack nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making.
Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. In telling that larger story, the big goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written. Praise for sam wasson:"Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities.
The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood #ad - . More than that, like his subjects, he understands that style matters, and, he has a flair for it. The new yorker"sam wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out, lovingly. Hilton Als. In sam wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history.
From the new york times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A. M.