Rivers in the desert: William Mulholland and the inventing of Los Angeles

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HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 303 pages
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Mulholland built the St. Francis Dam 50 miles north of Los Angeles in an attempt to safeguard his beloved city's water supply by creating a holding reservoir. Now, he thought, the future of Los Angeles was secure. Then disaster struck. The St. Francis collapsed mysteriously at midnight, March 12, 1928, flooding the valley and leaving a staggering toll of at least 500 dead. Called before a coroner's inquest and threatened with charges of murder and professional negligence, Mulholland found himself deserted by the powerful figures who had promoted his career and abandoned by the citizenry who had honored and adored him. He spent the rest of his life in self-imposed obscurity, never learning the truth behind the failure of the dam.

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RIVERS IN THE DESERT: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles

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Sluggish account of the financial and political maneuverings that marked efforts to bring water to the arid Los Angeles Basin at the turn of the century. Realizing that their drought-plagued city's ... Read full review

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A nationally prominent engineer and head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Mulholland was the man responsible for building the aqueduct that made possible the city's exponential growth ... Read full review


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Margaret Leslie Davis is the author of "Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles "(1993), winner of the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Book. Davis is a California lawyer and graduate of Georgetown University. She is the former editor of Arts and Humanities at the Excite Network.

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