Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. The first two installments of his monumental cultural history, "Americans and the California Dream," have been hailed as "mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting)" (The New York Times Book Review) and "rich in details and alive with interesting, and sometimes incredible people" (Los Angeles Times). Now, in Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles.
In a lively and eminently readable narrative, Starr reveals how Los Angeles arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles), and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the discovery of oil, the boosters and land developers, the evangelists (such as Bob Shuler, the Methodist Savanarola of Los Angeles, and Aimee Semple McPherson), and countless other colorful figures of the period. There are also fascinating sections on the city's architecture the impact of the automobile on city planning, the Hollywood film community, the L.A. literati, and much more.
By the end of the decade, Los Angeles had tripled in population and become the fifth largest city in the nation. In Material Dreams, Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
8 1.5-hour cassettesFrom the Back Cover:
In this book, the author is focusing on the making of Southern California, its design and material construction in the early and mid-twentieth century, with special reference to the visions and metaphors underlying such a process. This is also a book about design, construction, and identity, whether in aqueducts, architecture, gardens, city-plans, transportation systems, hotels, studio sets, symphony orchestras, or hydroelectric grids.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0195044878. Bookseller Inventory # K10-812
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780195044874_lsuk
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # P110195044878
Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0195044878 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0037953
Book Description OUP USA, 1990. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780195044874
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0195044878
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780195044874
Book Description OUP USA, 1990. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our US warehouse in 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND.Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780195044874
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0195044878
Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1990. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.This is the third volume in Americans and the Californian Dream, Kevin Starr s series of books on the development of California and its meaning for the American experience. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780195044874