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William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles Paperback – May 6, 2002
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These are but parts of a great story in American history, but one would never know it from reading his granddaughter's tome, for the vivacity of the times is thoroughly lost in needless detail; almost a year by year survey of her grandfather's accomplishments. Instead she is more intent on refuting the critics' charges, painting Mulholland as a pragmatist guided by a progressive vision of what Los Angeles could become. Because of this stand, her arguments are not altogether convincing; the Owens Valley residents tend to be painted as villains exploited by villains on the press that seek Mulholland's downfall. In the Preface we are given warning of this bias when she takes previous books on the subject to task. Her attempt at exonerating her grandfather for the St.Read more ›
In large part the book covers the life and times of William Mulholland, but it certainly leaves the reader with the impression that he did only good in his lifetime. Unfortunately the book ignores or does not respond to much of the criticism heaped upon Mr. Mulholland by more contemporary publications, and instead focuses on his positive contributions. In this respect the book is not entirely well balanced. Although well written I fear that this book is an attempt by the family to have the final word on the history of a complex man who was more dimensional than the author allows.
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Too much intricate detail of all the water companies in and around L.A. before Mulholland worked on the great Owens Valley Aqueduct project bogged me down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by grace godlin
An outstanding biography of a controversial figure, but an individual who changed the course of history for the City of Los Angeles.Published 16 months ago by C. Schraff
Ms. Mulholland is a finely skilled researcher and writer. I supposed in this she has to be. No stone unturned. Well done.Published on February 2, 2014 by Ambie
One of the best quotes ever.
Orange groves, Olive orchards, Sheep. A huge part of So. Cal's history, and of Los Angeles' as well.
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This book is needed for a report that I have to do for an Archtectural Landscaping class. It is a critical source for me and I was thrilled to find it. It came in plenty of time. Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by Daryol R. Forinash