Gary Krist - The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles

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Officially founded in 1781, Los Angeles was largely farmland until the arrival of the Southern Pacific in 1876 and the discovery of oil nearby in 1892. Then, as Krist documents in this vivid and fast-paced history, Los Angeles quickly became the stupendous urban and cultural phenomenon it is today. Focusing on the years 1904 to 1930, Krist, award-winning author of Empire of Sin and City of Scoundrels, follows the city’s growth through the work of three visionaries: William Mulholland (1855-1935) designed and supervised the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, without which the city would have been unable to support its growing population; D.W. Griffith (1875-1948), the director and producer who pioneered modern film techniques and made Hollywood possible; and Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), the Pentecostal evangelist whose public faith healing events made Los Angeles a mecca for spiritual seekers.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780451496386
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Published: Crown - May 15th, 2018

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