Pulitzer Prize–winning author Michael Hiltzik makes use of the saga of the dam’s perception, layout, and building to inform the wider tale of America’s efforts to come back to grips with tremendous social, financial, and typical forces. For embodied within the dam’s impressive machine-age shape is the basic transformation the melancholy wrought within the nation’s very culture—the shift from the concept that of rugged individualism rooted within the frontier days of the 19th century to the main of shared company and communal aid that will construct the the US we all know this present day. within the approach, the remarkable attempt to corral the raging Colorado River advanced from a neighborhood building venture introduced by way of a Republican president into the hot Deal’s outstanding—and enduring—symbol of nationwide delight.
Yet the tale of Hoover Dam has a darker facet. Its building was once a gargantuan engineering feat accomplished at nice human fee, its development marred by way of the abuse of a determined hard work strength. The water and gear it made to be had spurred the advance of such nice western metropolises as la, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake urban, and San Diego, however the imaginative and prescient of limitless development held expensive through its designers and developers is quickly becoming a mirage.
In Hiltzik’s fingers, the gamers during this epic old story spring vividly to existence: President Theodore Roosevelt, who conceived the venture; William Mulholland, Southern California’s nice builder of water works, who instructed the dam upon a reluctant Congress; Herbert Hoover, who gave the dam his identify although he at the start hostile its building; Frank Crowe, the dam’s popular grasp builder, who driven his males mercilessly to elevate the gorgeous concrete rampart in an inhospitable barren region gorge. ultimately there's Franklin Roosevelt, who presided over the last word crowning glory of the undertaking and claimed the credits for it. Hiltzik combines exhaustive learn, trenchant statement, and unforgettable storytelling to shed new mild on a massive turning aspect of twentieth-century history.
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