[Epub] ➟ Colossus By Michael A. Hiltzik – Soaringeaglecasino.us

Colossus As Breathtaking Today As The Day It Was Completed, Hoover Dam Not Only Shaped The American West But Helped Launch The American Century In The Depths Of The Great Depression It Became A Symbol Of American Resilience And Ingenuity In The Face Of Crisis, Putting Thousands Of Men To Work In A Remote Desert Canyon And Bringing Unruly Nature To Heel Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Michael Hiltzik Uses The Saga Of The Dam S Conception, Design, And Construction To Tell The Broader Story Of America S Efforts To Come To Grips With Titanic Social, Economic, And Natural Forces For Embodied In The Dam S Striking Machine Age Form Is The Fundamental Transformation The Depression Wrought In The Nation S Very Culture The Shift From The Concept Of Rugged Individualism Rooted In The Frontier Days Of The Nineteenth Century To The Principle Of Shared Enterprise And Communal Support That Would Build The America We Know Today In The Process, The Unprecedented Effort To Corral The Raging Colorado River Evolved From A Regional Construction Project Launched By A Republican President Into The New Deal S Outstanding And Enduring Symbol Of National Pride Yet The Story Of Hoover Dam Has A Darker Side Its Construction Was A Gargantuan Engineering Feat Achieved At Great Human Cost, Its Progress Marred By The Abuse Of A Desperate Labor Force The Water And Power It Made Available Spurred The Development Of Such Great Western Metropolises As Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, And San Diego, But The Vision Of Unlimited Growth Held Dear By Its Designers And Builders Is Fast Turning Into A Mirage In Hiltzik S Hands, The Players In This Epic Historical Tale Spring Vividly To Life President Theodore Roosevelt, Who Conceived The Project William Mulholland, Southern California S Great Builder Of Water Works, Who Urged The Dam Upon A Reluctant Congress Herbert Hoover, Who Gave The Dam His Name Though He Initially Opposed Its Construction Frank Crowe, The Dam S Renowned Master Builder, Who Pushed His Men Mercilessly To Raise The Beautiful Concrete Rampart In An Inhospitable Desert Gorge Finally There Is Franklin Roosevelt, Who Presided Over The Ultimate Completion Of The Project And Claimed The Credit For It Hiltzik Combines Exhaustive Research, Trenchant Observation, And Unforgettable Storytelling To Shed New Light On A Major Turning Point Of Twentieth Century History.

[Epub] ➟ Colossus  By Michael A. Hiltzik – Soaringeaglecasino.us
  • ebook
  • 512 pages
  • Colossus
  • Michael A. Hiltzik
  • English
  • 22 October 2017
  • 1439181586

    10 thoughts on “[Epub] ➟ Colossus By Michael A. Hiltzik – Soaringeaglecasino.us


  1. says:

    Would have been helpful to have some photos diagrams of the actual construction included..hard to comprehend the construction technique s procedures without actual images to help understand the complexities of the cement work.


  2. says:

    Colossus Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century is a fascinating read, authoritatively researched, and made very personal by author Michael Hiltzik, who tells stories of the personalities involved in the dam construction project, from Presidents to wage laborers There s a problem, though Hiltzik seems to make absolutely no mention of the environmental impact of the dam and reservoir, aside from mentioning two towns and some archaeological resources flooded as Lake Mead filled I do Colossus Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century is a fascinating read, authoritatively researched, and made very personal by author Michael Hiltzik, who tells stories of the personalities involved in the dam construction project, from Presidents to wage labore...


  3. says:

    The cover blurb calls it a turbulent thriller Civil engineering humor, I suppose The book is an oddly slanted history, a bit turbid and containing long dry patches There was a good bit of background on the treatment if the Colorado river prior to the conception of Hoover dam which was well researched and interesting Beyond that, the book got sidetracked into decrying the Big Six companies behavior toward the workers focusing on the number of casualties, labor strife and poor working conditi The cover blurb calls it a turbulent thriller Civil engineering humor, I suppose The book is an oddly slanted history, a bit turbid and containing long dry patches There was a good bit of background on the treatment if the Colorado river prior to the conception of Hoover dam which was well researched and interesting Beyond that, the book got...


  4. says:

    Hoover Dam, first called Boulder Dam, is a marvel of technology, ingenuity and personal fortitude of those who first thought of constructing it and those who finally saw it through to completion For some, it was an all consuming passion, fraught with financial hardship, danger, loss of life, and, in the end, a man made triumph over nature and the Colorado river The story is rich in characters from President Theodore Roosevelt to President Hoover, and finally President Franklin D Roosevelt, w Hoover Dam, first called Boulder Dam, is a marvel of technology, ingenuity and personal fortitude of those who first thought of constructing it and those who finally saw it through to completion For some, it was an all consumi...


  5. says:

    3 1 2 stars The first 40% was a drag, as it focused on water rights and political infighting I wanted to read of the engineering challenges, bravery, and worker risks that took up the rest of the book, which was well done.


  6. says:

    Ordered frombefore a trip to Nevada Got about halfway through they hadn t started building the dam yet before I went to the dam Finished it after my trip.


  7. says:

    What this book is about First, the development of the American West, with emphasis on the Southwest and Southern California Hoover Dam as the centerpiece of water development is a great foundation for this discussion Second, the book is a tribute to the many people who died and suffered so Hoover Dam could be built I love history books like this that connect the event they re covering to a sense of the politics, economy, culture, and thinking of the times Colossus did this really well for m What this book is about First, the development of the American West, with emphasis on the Southwest and Southern California Hoover Dam as the centerpiece of water development is a great foundation for this discussion Second, the book is a tribute to the many people who died and suffered so Hoover Dam could be built I love history books like this that connect the event they re covering to a sense of the politics, economy, culture, and thinking of the times Colossus did this really well for most of the narrative The book s Introduction was just outstanding A great summary of the dam s meaning with looks back and ahead using FDR s dedication as the pivot point Really good stuff Colossus also does a great job at least initially at capturing all of the drama over a period of many years preceding the dam s construction and t...


  8. says:

    This is a terrific true account of man vs nature, telling the epic saga from the 1920s and 1930s of the taming of the mighty Colorado River, and the building of Hoover Dam Author and L.A Times writer Michael Hiltzik has a Pulitzer Prize under his belt for investigative reporting, and his talent is definitely on display in this exhaustively researched book Colossus reads like a political thriller, and Hiltzik s cast of characters, both famous Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, FDR and obscure This is a terrific true account of man vs nature, telling the epic saga from the 1920s and 1930s of the taming of the mighty Colorado R...


  9. says:

    Fittingly, noted the San Francisco Chronicle, the history of Hoover Dam is just as roiling and dirty as the silt laden Colorado Critics felt that what could have been a dry, technical story of the creation of the dam became, in Hiltzik s hands, a fascinating social, political, and labor history Although Hiltzik spares readers few engineering details, he also looks closely at key political compromises and issues and captures the colorful personalities of ...


  10. says:

    This is a history of the 30 years leading up to the building of the Hoover Dam through its completion It was an engineering marvel in the 1930s and it could never have been built in the modern age with all the modern environmental restrictions.The reader will be surprised at the poor treatment of the workers on the dam Because it was built during the depression, the workers were happy just to have a job, but the contractors were always finding ways to dock their wages for anything they could g This is a history of the 30 years leading up to the building of the Hoover Dam through its completion It was an engineering marvel in the 1930s and it could never have been built in the modern age with all the modern environmental restrictions.The reader will be surprised at the poor treatment of the workers on the dam Because it was built during the depression, the ...

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