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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 whose 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-than-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.
©2015 Les Standiford (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"As he goes back into Mulholland's life and work, Fass delivers an understated but gripping narration." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Therese Verner on 01-29-18

fascinating historical biography

for anyone interested in the history behind the Los Angeles Aqueduct and its chief engineer designer and Creator, Mulholland, this is the book for you! the narration is captivating, and the story very interesting especially if you live in California.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hans Rigelman on 10-11-17

Mulholland - LA's Chief Water Engineer

Fascinating story of the history of Los Angeles and one man's plan to provide water for his adopted city. Intrigue, politics, and even violence could not stop Mulholland's mission to build the Los Angeles aquaduct.

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