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. Any attempt to deal with so controversial a subject, however, is almost certain to spark controversy itself.
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 - . This book, after all, then, 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. 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.
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. Drawing on new research, les standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, $23 million project that would transform a region, a state, and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century. With energy and colorful detail, politics, force, and power—including bribery, deception, Water to the Angels brings to life the personalities, and bicoastal financial warfare—behind this dramatic event.
Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles #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, hubris, greed, 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.
Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los AngelesBloomsbury Press #ad - Francis dam remains an urgent lesson about our human limits, all but forgotten today. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown. Amazon book of the Year"Floodpath attempts to rescue the disaster from obscurity. But the failure of the St. 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. 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. The effect is powerful. The wall street journalA visionary and controversial search for water made Los Angeles possible. Francis Dam has never been more relevant. In an era of climate change, increasing demand on water resources, and a neglected American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. A key figure is william mulholland, allowing los Angeles to become America's second largest city, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, and who was also responsible for the design and construction of the St.
The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across CaliforniaKnopf #ad - What he finds is hard earned, awe-inspiring, tragic and revelatory. 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. In the dreamt land, '50s and '60s, built in the 1940s, 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. No other chronicler of the West has so deeply delved into the empires of agriculture that drink so much of the water. A vivid, and ruin, searching journey into california's capture of water and soil—the epic story of a people's defiance of nature and the wonders, it has wroughtMark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers, 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 - In the end, his compassion for the land becomes an elegy to the dream that created California and now threatens to undo it.
West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden StatePublicAffairs #ad - I am west of the west, ” and in this book, Mark Arax spends four years travelling up and down the Golden State to explore its singular place in the world. Arax pieces together the murder-suicide at the heart of a rotisserie chicken empire in “The Legend of Zankou, ” a story included in the Best American Crime Reporting 2009.
The last okie in lamont, ” the inspiration for the town in the Grapes of Wrath, has but one Okie left, who tells Arax his life story as he drives to a funeral to bury one more Dust Bowl migrant. Teddy roosevelt once exclaimed, “When I am in California, I am not in the West. . This is california beyond the clichés.
West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State #ad - And, in the end, he provides a moving epilogue to the murder of his own father, a crime in the California heartland finally solved after thirty years. In the finest tradition of joan didion, essay, Arax combines journalism, and memoir to capture social upheaval as well as the sense of being rooted in a community.
Down the road in the “home front, ” right-wing christians and Jews form a strange pact that tries to silence debate on the War on Terror, and a conflicted father loses not one but two sons in Iraq. This is california as only a native son, deep in the dust, could draw it. Compelling, lyrical, and ominous, his new collection finds a different drama rising out of each confounding landscape.
The summer of the death of hilario guzman” has been praised as a “stunningly intimate” portrait of one immigrant family from Oaxaca, through harrowing border crossings and brutal raisin harvests.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised EditionPenguin Books #ad - In his landmark book, lured by the promise of paradise, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. 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.
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 - Army corps of engineers, in the competition to transform the West. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.
The Land of Little RainOpen Road Media #ad - In this exquisite meditation on the people, flora, and fauna of the American desert, Mary Austin introduces readers to the secret treasures of the landscape she loved above all others. But the desert is far from lifeless. . A stirring tribute to the unique beauty of theamerican Southwest In the region stretching from the High Sierras south of Yosemite to the Mojave Desert, water is scarce and empty riverbeds hint at a lush landscape that has long since vanished.
For those who know where to look, the “land of little rain” is awash in wonders. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. Her lyrical essays profoundly influenced the work of nature writers and conservationists, among them Edward Abbey and Terry Tempest Williams, and have inspired generations of readers to visit some of the country’s most stunning national parks, including Death Valley and Joshua Tree.
The Story of Inyo 1922Published by author #ad - Willett, Gen. From inside the book:this book's purpose is to preserve, the record of Inyo county earlier than 1870, particularly, when a printed record began. Colton, E. A. Kroeber curator Department of Ethnology, University of California. Many manuscripts in the collection of Henry G. A. Von schmidt's survey of owens valley; journals of the California Legislature; records of the Independence land office and of the Inyo county government; and sundry other official documents.
Death valley in '49, " by W. Dad moore, and others. Files of the san francisco alta california, san francisco call, los angeles news, in some instances as early as 1852; also of the Inyo Independent, Inyo Register, Los Angeles Star, San Francisco Bulletin, Sacramento Union, Bakersfield Echo, and other papers of subsequent years containing narratives of pioneers.
The Story of Inyo 1922 #ad - Addresses by Henry G. H. Personal interviews when possible, and correspondence with those who had moved to other parts of the country, elicited their recollections. Daugherty, george Otis Smith Director U. A. Spear; "california men in the War of the Rebellion, " by R. His interest in owens valley continuing, he kept and arranged many letters, diaries and other writings relating to this county's history.
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the WestPenguin Books #ad - Only now, we may recognize just how accurate a prophet he was. A prophet without honor who had a profound understanding of the American West, Powell warned long ago of the dangers economic exploitation would pose to the West and spent a good deal of his life overcoming Washington politics in getting his message across.
From the “dean of western writers” the new york times and the pulitzer prize winning–author of angle of repose and crossing to Safety, a fascinating look at the old American West and the man who prophetically warned against the dangers of settling it In Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest.
The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American EmpirePublicAffairs #ad - Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. 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.
It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere. 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 King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire #ad - Demille to Cesar Chavez. 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.
The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los AngelesBroadway Books #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. From bestselling author gary krist, 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, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges—seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland.
. D. W. Then, as if overnight, one of the world’s iconic cities emerged. And aimee semple mcpherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city’s identity as a center for spiritual exploration. 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.
The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles #ad - Its signature industry. 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. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L.