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The Resource The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles, Gary Krist

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

Label
The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles
Title
The mirage factory
Title remainder
illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles
Statement of responsibility
Gary Krist
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
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
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Krist, Gary
Illustrations
  • photographs
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F869.L857
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mulholland, William
  • Griffith, D. W.
  • McPherson, Aimee Semple
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles, Gary Krist
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky292257820
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
402 pages
Isbn
9780451496386
Lccn
bl2018045337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
photographs, maps on endpapers
Label
The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles, Gary Krist
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky292257820
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
402 pages
Isbn
9780451496386
Lccn
bl2018045337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
photographs, maps on endpapers

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