Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles

Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles


The writer of Last educate to Paradise tells the tale of the most important public water venture ever created—William Mulholland’s l. a. aqueduct—a tale of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one decided guy who is imaginative and prescient formed the longer term and maintains to affect us today.

In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland conceived and equipped one of many maximum civil engineering feats in historical past: the aqueduct that carried water 223 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Los Angeles—allowing this small, resource-challenged wasteland urban to develop right into a smooth international city. Drawing on new examine, Les Standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, $23 million venture that will rework a sector, a nation, and a state on the sunrise of its maximum century.

With power and colourful aspect, Water to the Angels brings to existence the personalities, politics, and power—including bribery, deception, strength, and bicoastal monetary warfare—behind this dramatic occasion. At a time whilst the significance of water is being famous as by no means before—considered by way of many specialists to be the fundamental source of the twenty-first century—Water to the Angels brings into concentration the power of a fabled period, the may of a bigger than lifestyles person, and the size of a worthwhile building undertaking, and sheds serious gentle on a previous that provides insights for our future.

Water to the Angels comprises eight pages of photographs.

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