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The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles

Author: Gary Krist; Rob Shapiro
Publisher: New York, New York : Books on Tape, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California--bone-dry, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges--seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles' meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Krist; Rob Shapiro
ISBN: 9780525526537 0525526536
OCLC Number: 1002125951
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Performer(s): Read by Rob Shapiro.
Description: 10 audio discs (12 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Gary Krist.

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Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California--bone-dry, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges--seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles' meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life here possible. D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L.A. its signature industry. And Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city's identity as a center for spiritual exploration.

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