Rivers in the Desert

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ereads.com, Oct 1, 2001 - History - 268 pages
7 Reviews
Rivers in the Desert is the quintessential American story. It 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. 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.

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User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

Fascinating read, especially for anyone who lives or has lived in California. You'll recognize the names of the players, and find out the tactics used to acquire huge tracts of land both in the San ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

The history of how Los Angeles gained its water supply deserves better than this elementary-level work. Mulholland can do no wrong while those who disagree with him are described as "moaning," "hissing," "whining," etc. Disappointing. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Margaret Leslie Davis is a California lawyer and is also the author of "Dark Side of Fortune: Triumph and Scandal in the Life of Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny" (UC Press, 1998) and "Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles" (1993), for which she won the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award in nonfiction.

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