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

Author: Gary Krist
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A vivid account of the creation of modern Los Angeles, a city born from the fantasies of strong-willed visionaries, from bestselling author and masterful storyteller Gary Krist. Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California was sleepy semi-desert farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's largest and most iconic cities emerged. At the heart of the seemingly impossible, meteoric rise of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Krist
ISBN: 9780451496386 0451496388
OCLC Number: 1037895213
Description: 402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue. An echo of dynamite ; Implausible city --
A thirsty place --
Alternate realities --
Stories in light and shadow --
On location --
"A river now is here" --
The birth of an industry --
Water and celluloid --
Epic times --
One million souls to save --
A drinking problem --
Scandals in Bohemia --
"Jesus, Jesus all the day long" --
Thunder in the valley --
A sound proposition --
The missing Saint --
A silent twilight --
A perfect disaster --
Epilogue: World city.
Responsibility: Gary Krist.

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"A vivid account of the creation of modern Los Angeles, a city born from the fantasies of strong-willed visionaries, from bestselling author and masterful storyteller Gary Krist. Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California was sleepy semi-desert farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's largest and most iconic cities emerged. At the heart of the seemingly impossible, meteoric rise of Los Angeles were the visions of three ingenious but deeply flawed people. William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life possible in this water-starved corner of the country. D.W. Griffith, who virtually invented the basic grammar of moviemaking, would give Los Angeles the industry it needed to grow. And Aimee Semple McPherson, a young evangelist, faith healer, and radio preacher, would provide the city with its identity as a worldwide center for spiritual realization and reinvention. They were all masters of their craft--and each would self-destruct in spectacular fashion. Blinded by hubris, crucified in the tabloids, and confronted by literal, catastrophic failure of design, Mulholland, Griffith and McPherson would see their personal empires crumble even as the one they built collectively came into its own. 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"--

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