Stock Image

Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles

Margaret Leslie Davis

68 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0060166983 / ISBN 13: 9780060166984
Published by Harpercollins, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Orca Knowledge Systems, Inc. (Novato, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 10, 2001

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 80.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.90 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Date of Publication: 1993 Binding: hardcover Edition: Condition: As New Description: Stated First Edition. Deckled edges. DJ light crease front flap. Sixteen pages of b/w photographs. From the flap: ".the story of the birth & development of southern California, & of a man who was as unique a talent as any in American history. .how one man, through vision, daring & engineering genius, invented the Los Angeles of the future, only to fall tragically from grace due to an unforseen disaster." 303 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 002704

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and...

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

About this title

Synopsis:

A biography of the engineer who designed and built the Los Angeles Aqueduct traces the rise and fall of William Mulholland, the architect of an aqueduct 250 miles long designed to bring Los Angeles all the water it needed. 15,000 first printing.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Sluggish account of the financial and political maneuverings that marked efforts to bring water to the arid Los Angeles Basin at the turn of the century. Realizing that their drought-plagued city's growth would be checked unless immense supplies of water could be made readily available, officials of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (headed by engineer William Mulholland), in conjunction with local politicians, devised a plan to divert the water of northern California's Owens River through a monumental system of aqueducts, canals, tunnels, and reservoirs 250 miles south to L.A. When word of the plan spread, a land boom resulted, particularly in the desertlike San Fernando Valley. Once the conduit system was in place--after an incredible effort involving thousands of workers and six years of backbreaking labor--irate residents living near the Owens River, deprived of the water essential to their agriculture-based economy, tried to sabotage the system with derringers, dynamite, and demonstrations. The tense situation continued until March 12, 1928, when a major dam in the system collapsed, causing millions of dollars in property damage and more than five hundred deaths. During an official inquiry, Mulholland took responsibility for the catastrophe but was cleared of criminal charges. He died in 1935, a broken man--and in the years since, the Colorado River has replaced the Owens as L.A.'s water source. All this should have made for an engrossing narrative (Mulholland's debacle formed the basis of the film Chinatown), but Davis writes with little color or inflection. Though she centers her narrative on Mulholland, she never gets beneath the surface of his obsessive, autocratic personality--nor does she supply insights into the boomtown boosterism that pervaded official L.A. circles and prompted the grandiose plan in the first place. Exciting when detailing the harrowing dam collapse, but this episode isn't enough to energize an otherwise lackluster presentation. (Thirty b&w photographs--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We specialize in the hard sciences and mathematics books including astronomy, physics, artificial intelligence, and more. Additional specialties would include psychology, history, business and management.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Money back guarantee if not satisfied with the transaction. Will hold the book for 10 days awaiting payment. Will ship FedEx. Please email for shipping charges.

American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards accepted. Personal checks made payable to Orca Knowledge Systems Inc. Accept paper money orders. Accept Purchase Orders and will bill libraries and universities. Also accept credit cards through PayPal.

Foreign orders: American Express, Visa and Mastercard accepted. Make sure name, ad...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2 lbs, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express