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Author Krist, Gary, author.

Title The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles / Gary Krist.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Crown Publishers, [2018]
Location Call No. Status
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  979.49405 KRI    DUE 10-07-21
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Description 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California--bone-dry, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges--seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles' meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life here possible. D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L.A. its signature industry. And Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city's identity as a center for spiritual exploration. All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists, of a kind. The images they conjured up--of a blossoming city in the desert, of a factory of celluloid dreamworks, of a community of seekers finding personal salvation under the California sun--were like mirages liable to evaporate on closer inspection. All three would pay a steep price to realize these dreams, in a crescendo of hubris, scandal, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires. Yet when the dust settled, the mirage that was LA remained. Spanning the years from 1900 to 1930, The Mirage Factory is the enthralling tale of an improbable city and the people who willed it into existence by pushing the limits of human engineering and imagination." -- Amazon.
Subject Mulholland, William, 1855-1935.
Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948.
McPherson, Aimee Semple, 1890-1944.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780451496386
0451496388
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