Big Dams and Other Dreams: The Six Companies Story by Donald E. Wolf
By Donald E. Wolf
Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the monetary foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In huge Dams and different desires, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the pursuits of the visionary males at the back of those tasks coincided through the early 20th century, what they comprehensive, and what has develop into of the empires they created. In twelve colourful, completely researched chapters, Wolf gracefully renders the tale of Six businesses, a mix of organisations led via business giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, between others. jointly, those executives performed a tremendous function in constructing the fashionable American West and in construction the constructions we go together with it. Then, as international conflict II threatened, they undertook ever extra incredible initiatives. utilizing quite a lot of assets and interviews, Wolf weaves own, political, and commercial background right into a compelling account that might attract historians and normal readers alike.
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History. )--History--20th century, Hoover Dam (Ariz. )--History. Bechtel. (The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley) Page iii Big Dams and Other Dreams The Six Companies Story By Donald E. Wolf; foreword by Richard Lowitt. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Title. 7'624'0978dc20 95-43628 CIP Text design by Debora Hackworth. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc.