The author of Last Train to Paradise tells the story of the largest public water project ever created—William Mulholland’s Los Angeles aqueduct—a story of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one determined man who's vision shaped the future and continues to impact us today.
In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland conceived and built one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 223 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Los Angeles—allowing this small, resource-challenged desert city to grow into a modern global metropolis. Drawing on new research, Les Standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, $23 million project that would transform a region, a state, and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century.
With energy and colorful detail, Water to the Angels brings to life the personalities, politics, and power—including bribery, deception, force, and bicoastal financial warfare—behind this dramatic event. At a time when the importance of water is being recognized as never before—considered by many experts to be the essential resource of the twenty-first century—Water to the Angels brings into focus the vigor of a fabled era, the might of a larger than life individual, and the scale of a priceless construction project, and sheds critical light on a past that offers insights for our future.
Water to the Angels includes 8 pages of photographs.
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About the Author
Les Standiford is the bestselling author of twenty books and novels, including the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editors’ Choice) and Last Train to Paradise. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, a psychotherapist and artist. Visit his website at www.les-standiford.com.
Date of Birth:October 31, 1945
Place of Birth:Cambridge, Ohio
Education:B.A., Muskingum College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Utah
Table of Contents
Author's Note xiii
1 How Dreams Might End 1
2 Distance Between Two Points 9
3 Luck of the Irish 26
4 In Mystery is the Source 34
5 Whose Water is it Anyway? 45
6 A Civil Servant Born 54
7 Road Trip 64
8 Downhill All The Way 74
9 Remove Every Specter 84
10 Have Water or Quit Growing 99
11 Brick Upon Brick 109
12 First Spade 122
13 Best Year to Date 132
14 Fair Monetary Recognition 148
15 Fits and Starts 160
16 Fallout 172
17 If You Dig It, They Will Come 185
18 Last Mile 195
19 Cascade 204
20 In the Shade of Accomplishment 212
21 Let the Bombings Begin 224
22 Failure 235
23 Forget It, Jake. It's Chinatown 251
24 City Of Angels 265
Selected Bibliography 301