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

Author: Margaret L Davis
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st HarperPerennial edView all editions and formats
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This mythic American story tells how William Mulholland's vision, daring, and engineering genius transformed a sparsely populated desert town into modern Los Angeles. He masterminded the construction of what was then the longest aqueduct in the Western Hemisphere, only to fall tragically from grace when the dam he built to safeguard his beloved city's water supply mysteriously collapsed, killing at least five  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William Mulholland; William Mulholland
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret L Davis
ISBN: 0060921943 9780060921941
OCLC Number: 30837561
Description: xii, 303 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Genesis --
Hand of betrayal --
Sweet stolen water --
Faithful servant --
Noise of many waters --
Blood of sacrifice --
Deliverance --
Prodigal daughter --
Eden --
Wars in Heaven --
Unbowed --
Retribution --
Rivers of Hades --
Breath of vengeance --
Persecution --
Judgment --
Redemption --
Kingdom of angels --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
Photographs follow page 146.
Responsibility: Margaret Leslie Davis.

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This mythic American story tells how William Mulholland's vision, daring, and engineering genius transformed a sparsely populated desert town into modern Los Angeles. He masterminded the construction of what was then the longest aqueduct in the Western Hemisphere, only to fall tragically from grace when the dam he built to safeguard his beloved city's water supply mysteriously collapsed, killing at least five hundred people and leaving him abandoned by his allies and the citizenry who adored him. A classical tragedy of epic scope, Rivers in the Desert is also the story of the birth and development of southern California. -- cover.

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