Rivers in the Desert

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eReads.com, Dec 1, 1993 - History - 268 pages
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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  - Patricia - Goodreads

Good documentation on the building of the Los Angeles Aquaduct, told by following the life of William Mulholland. Because there is a certain plot, it reads like a thriller. The immenseness of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Todd Stockslager - Goodreads

Interesting history of Los Angeles "water wars" in the early 20th century, casting William Mulholland as the flawed but heroic inventor of modern LA. His long tenure as the head engineer for the LA ... Read full review

About the author (1993)

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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