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. 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.
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles #ad - This vivid portrait of a rich chapter in the history of Los Angeles is enhanced with a generous selection of previously unpublished photographs. William mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern California's history. 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.
Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water, and the Real ChinatownRare Bird Books, A Vireo Book #ad - Starting with william Mullholland and his aqueducts, through the 1926 collapse of the St. Where marc reiser's seminal 1986 book Cadillac Desert started, Marc Weingarten's Thirsty continues. Francis dam, which killed hundreds, and on through to the profound implications Los Angeles' path has for today. 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.
Thirsty is an exploration of Los Angeles' storied history in regards to water.
Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los AngelesEcco #ad - 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 includes 8 pages of photographs. 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.
Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles #ad - Drawing on new research, les standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, a state, $23 million project that would transform a region, and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century. With energy and colorful detail, water to the Angels brings to life the personalities, politics, force, deception, and power—including bribery, and bicoastal financial warfare—behind this dramatic event.
Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los AngelesBloomsbury Press #ad - Noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown. Francis dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, suddenly collapsed, destroying everything in its path. The effect is powerful. The wall street journalA visionary and controversial search for water made Los Angeles possible.
The author captures many heartbreaking stories of survivors. Francis Dam has never been more relevant. But the failure of the St. Francis dam remains an urgent lesson about our human limits, all but forgotten today. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. 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.
Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles #ad - A. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. In an era of climate change, and a neglected American infrastructure, increasing demand on water resources, the tragedy of the St.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised EditionPenguin Books #ad - He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U. S. 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.
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.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition #ad - 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. In his landmark book, cadillac desert, marc reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Images of America Arcadia PublishingArcadia Publishing #ad - Minutes before midnight on the evening of March 12, 1928, the St. The damís 200-foot concrete wall crumpled, sending billions of gallons of raging flood waters down San Francisquito Canyon, sweeping 54 miles down the Santa Clara River to the sea, and claiming over 450 lives in the disaster. Francis Dam collapsed.
The event was one of the worst disasters in Californiaís history, second only to the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Francis dam on its first filling was the greatest American civil engineering failure of the 20th century. Captured here in over 200 images is a photographic record of the devastation caused by the flood, and the heroic efforts of residents and rescue workers.
St. Francis Dam Disaster Images of America Arcadia Publishing #ad - Built by the city of los angelesí Bureau of Water Works and Supply, the failure of the St. Beginning at dawn on the morning after the disaster, destroyed homes and buildings, and professional photographers moved in to take images of the washed-out bridges, Red Cross workers giving aid, stunned local residents picked up their cameras to record the path of destruction, and the massive clean-up that followed.
Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los AngelesOpen Road Media #ad - An arresting biography of William Mulholland, the visionary Los Angeles Water Department engineer. . . He sought to transform the sparse and barren desert into an inhabitable environment by designing the longest aqueduct in the Western Hemisphere, bringing water from the mountains to support a large city.
Epic in scope, rivers in the desert chronicles the history of Los Angeles and examines the tragic fate of the man who rescued it. The disaster, friends, caused his repudiation by allies, which killed at least five hundred people, and a previously adoring community. Rivers in the desert follows the remarkable career of William Mulholland, the visionary who engineered the rise of Los Angeles as the greatest American city west of the Mississippi.
Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles #ad - His personal and public dramas make for gripping reading. Publishers weekly “a fascinating look at the political maneuvering and engineering marvels that moved the City of Angels into the first rank of American cities. Booklist . The rise and fall of William Mulholland, and the story of L. A. S disastrous dam collapse: “a dramatic saga of ambition, politics, money and betrayal” Los Angeles Daily News.
This “fascinating history” chronicles mulholland’s dramatic ascension to wealth and fame—followed by his tragic downfall after the sudden collapse of the dam he had constructed to safeguard the water supply Newsweek.
Introduction to Water in CaliforniaUniversity of California Press #ad - This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods. Essential reading in a state facing the future with an overextended water supply, for all Californians, this fascinating book shows that, every drop counts.
New to this updated edition:* additional maps, water recycling, stormwater capture, and photos* Expanded coverage of potential impacts to precipitation, and water supply from climate change* Updated information about the struggle for water management and potential solutions* New content about sustainable groundwater use and regulation, snowpack, desalination, figures, and current proposals for water storage and diversion*Additional table summarizing water sources for 360 California cities and towns .
Introduction to Water in California #ad - Along the way, the environment, dams, lakes, wetlands, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, we learn much about California itself as the book describes its rivers, and politics.
The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los AngelesBroadway Books #ad - Yet when the dust settled, the mirage that was LA remained. Spanning the years from 1900 to 1930, the mirage Factory is the enthralling tale of an improbable city and the people who willed it into existence by pushing the limits of human engineering and imagination. 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.
. D. W. Then, as if overnight, one of the world’s iconic cities emerged. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L. A. And aimee semple mcpherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city’s identity as a center for spiritual exploration.
The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles #ad - All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists, of a kind. All three would pay a steep price to realize these dreams, in a crescendo of hubris, scandal, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires. 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.
From bestselling author gary krist, harbor-less, the southern coast of California—bone-dry, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality Little more than a century ago, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges—seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland.
The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a NationBloomsbury Publishing #ad - This book gives new insights to those steeped in california history, and opens new vistas for readers familiar with only the sketchiest outlines of a place habitually viewed from afar with a mix of envy and awe, offers a corrective for those who confuse stereotypes and legend for fact, disdain, and fascination.
Even in the land of reinvention, the story is exceptional: Pat Brown, the beloved father who presided over California during an era of unmatched expansion; Jerry Brown, the cerebral son who became the youngest governor in modern times--and then returned three decades later as the oldest. The magisterial story is enhanced by dozens of striking photos, many published for the first time.
The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation #ad - . Through the prism of their lives, we gain an essential understanding of California and an appreciation of its importance. In the browns of california, from august schuckman, the prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, journalist and scholar Miriam Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later.
Illuminates the sea change in the nation's politics in the last half of the 20th century. New york times book reviewcalifornia book award gold medal winner * finalist for the los angeles times book prize * a los angeles times bestseller * san francisco chronicle's "Best Books of the Year" List * Publishers Weekly Top Ten History Books for Fall * Berkeleyside Best Books of the Year * Shortlisted for NCIBA Golden Poppy AwardA Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist's panoramic history of California and its impact on the nation, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley--told through the lens of the family dynasty that led the state for nearly a quarter century.
Water and Power: The Conflict over Los Angeles Water Supply in the Owens ValleyUniversity of California Press #ad - Any attempt to deal with so controversial a subject, however, is almost certain to spark controversy itself. In addition, the work as a whole has been reviewed for technical accuracy by officials of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, although the department is in no way responsible for the content of this study or the conclusions drawn from it.
But by performing the essential historical task of separating what happened from what did not, and by distinguishing in this way the choices which have been made from those which have yet to be decided, it is my hope that this effort will help to establish that common basis for understanding which is essential for the debate over specific issues to proceed most effectively.
Water and Power: The Conflict over Los Angeles Water Supply in the Owens Valley #ad - . For that reason, with the exception of a small collection of private letters, this work is constructed entirely from the published documents and other materials available to the general public, anchoring the narrative in sources the reader can consult to trace the line of my argument on any point with which he or she may disagree.
It is not the purpose of this work to propose a specific format for the settlement of the city's current difficulties with the valley, to resolve the environmental questions associated with Los Angeles's proposed groundwater pumping program, or to promote any cause associated with the developing situation in the Owens Valley.
This book, then, after all, is scarcely the last word on the Owens Valley conflict: the final chapter, has yet to be written. The story that has emerged here is at once very different and more troubling than the conventional treatments of the conflict as a simplistic political morality play.