Big Dams and Other Dreams: The Six Companies Story

Big Dams and Other Dreams: The Six Companies Story

by Donald E. Wolf
     
 

A freewheeling saga about western American industrial might

Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the financial foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In Big Dams and Other Dreams, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the interests of the visionary men behind these projects coincided during the early

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A freewheeling saga about western American industrial might

Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the financial foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In Big Dams and Other Dreams, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the interests of the visionary men behind these projects coincided during the early twentieth century, what they accomplished, and what has become of the empires they created.

In twelve colorful, thoroughly researched chapters, Wolf gracefully renders the story of Six Companies, a combine of firms led by industrial giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, among others. Together, these executives played a major role in developing the modern American West and in building the structures we associate with it. Then, as World War II threatened, they undertook ever more spectacular projects.

Using a wide range of sources and interviews, Wolf weaves personal, political, and industrial history into a compelling account that will appeal to historians and general readers alike.

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Civil engineer Wolf tells the story of the giant industrial combine of the early part of the 20th century that built the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams; and laid the foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay Bridges. He focuses on the heavyweight personalities, among whom were the Bechtels, Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, and Charles Swiggart. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806141626
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
899,960
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Wolf is former president and CEO of Wolf and Company, a small engineering firm in New York State.

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