William Mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern California's history. Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, was the chief architect of the Owens Valley Aqueduct—a project ranking in magnitude and daring with the Panama Canal—that brought water to semi-arid Los Angeles from the lush Owens Valley. The story of Los AngWilliam Mulholland presided over the creation of a water system that forever changed the course of southern California's history. Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, was the chief architect of the Owens Valley Aqueduct—a project ranking in magnitude and daring with the Panama Canal—that brought water to semi-arid Los Angeles from the lush Owens Valley. The story of Los Angeles's quest for water is both famous and notorious: it has been the subject of the classic yet historically distorted movie Chinatown, as well as many other accounts. This first full-length biography of Mulholland challenges many of the prevailing versions of his life story and sheds new light on the history of Los Angeles and its relationship with its most prized resource: water.Catherine Mulholland, the engineer's granddaughter, provides insights into this story that family familiarity affords, and adds to our historical understanding with extensive primary research in sources such as Mulholland's recently uncovered office files, newspapers, and Department of Water and Power archives. She scrutinizes Mulholland's life—from his childhood in Ireland to his triumphant completion of the Owens Valley Aqueduct to the tragedy that ended his career. This vivid portrait of a rich chapter in the history of Los Angeles is enhanced with a generous selection of previously unpublished photographs.Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Book of 2000...
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William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles Reviews
Really really enjoyed this well-researched book on Mulholland and the Los Angeles Aqueduct. I could go on and on (I keep typing and deleting) about every part that interested me but best to read it yourself.
Being a longtime Los Angeleno I figured it was time to acquaint myself with the life of the man who brought the water here and, as much as any one individual, made this city possible. I deliberately chose the biography by his granddaughter, who claims to set straight a variety of "bad raps" suffered by Mulholland in his previous bios. There are many tales of dark conspiracy around the growth of L.A. and like most conspiracy theories, they are based in truth but are overly simplistic and sometimes just plain wrong (e.g. the public transit system was not simply bought up by cynical automobile magnates and trashed). The "Chinatown" paradigm of southern California's water acquisition might also hold some water (pun intended) but Mulholland's story as told here is much more complex and fascinating. Ms. Mulholland might gloss over some of the hanky-panky but she readily acknowledges many of the self-interested industry barons of the day who schemed for land and water, many of them allied with WIlliam and many arrayed against him. He emerges in this portrait as a strong-willed and principled man, a convinced free-enterpreneur but equally dedicated to a vision of an empowered benevolent municipal government rather than that of capitalism run rampant. His granddaughter obviously has a horse in this race but she remains reasonably even-handed and objective. The book makes the California of another age and its innumerable personalities come alive.
The most comprehensive biography that will be in the mainstream? Probably. The most definitive story? Not exactly. Nonetheless, the breadth and scope covered in this corner of California water history is impressive.
dense, too many names, minutiae galore; probably best for true historians who want complete context and detail. for the average reader, or local history buff, it went too deep and was not an easy read. definitely interesting, tho.
Very heavy, more academic reading. Slosgged my way through it feeling like I was working on a thesis. Also pretty one sided portrait of W.M., written by his grand-daughter after all.
Got interested in the career of Mulholland after reading about the St. Francis Dam collapse. (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...)
The real story behind Los Angeles Water and Power.
this book has been on my "to-read" shelf for 3 years :/
"While Mulholland laid pipe during the summer of 1880, Fred Eaton went off..."