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by Michael Hiltzik,Norman Dietz

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Michael Hiltzik,Norman Dietz
ISBN: 1400116783
ISBN13: 978-1400116782
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (June 7, 2010)
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Yes, Hoover Dam is an engineering achievement of the first magnitude. But it is more than that. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in western waters, the Colorado River, Hoover Damn, and water policy in the West.

Yes, Hoover Dam is an engineering achievement of the first magnitude. It stands as an enduring symbol of American expertise and of the positive attitudes and "can-do" spirit that the nation used to have. Colossus" is not a technical treatise on how the dam was built, although it does contain enough of that kind of material to satisfy the ardent technophile. One person found this helpful.

Michael Hiltzik explores so many facets of the process of planning, obtaining Congressional approval . What this book is about: First, the development of the American West, with emphasis on the Southwest and Southern California

Michael Hiltzik explores so many facets of the process of planning, obtaining Congressional approval, personal and professional rivalries, compromises, confusion over the name (Boulder Dam or Hoover Dam), states rights vs. government control-and the list goes on. He also tells much of the story of the Great Depression and how people out of work flock to the project from all over the country in hopes of finding a job just to stave off starvation. 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.

by Michael Hiltzik (Author), Norman Dietz (Narrator). Yes, Hoover Dam is an engineering achievement of the first magnitude.

Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Michael Hiltzik uses the saga of the dam’s conception, design, and construction . As breathtaking today as the day it was completed, Hoover Dam not only shaped the American West but helped launch the American century.

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. 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.

Hoover Dam went on to shape not only the American West but the American century. Michael Hiltzik populates the epic tale of the dam's construction with larger-than-life characters, such as Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, William Mulholland, and the dam's egomaniacal architect, Frank Crowe.

Michael Hiltzik's history of Hoover Dam has an ambitious subtitle: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century. Scholars of the American West may be dismayed by Hiltizik's questionable assertion that "As a federal project, Hoover Dam was the first manifestation of the clamorous, ascendant West's expanding influence in Washington. Although this statement can be understood in such a way that it would be hard to argue that it is exactly wrong, Hiltzik gives short shrift to the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902, which committed significant federal resources to developing irrigation in the West decades before the building of Hoover Dam commenced.

What an incredible American Adventure! I always wondered how a dam could be built for such a raging river like . The creation of the four bypass tunnels were amazing. Hiltzik captures much of the detail of the actual building and the labor issues involved

What an incredible American Adventure! I always wondered how a dam could be built for such a raging river like the Colorado. Hiltzik captures much of the detail of the actual building and the labor issues involved. It would have been interesting to understand more of the basic engineering issues involved. The curing of the immense amount of concrete was astounding. Well over a hundred deaths happened during the construction and it sounds like it could have been many more. Hiltzik does a good job of placing this project in time along with the Great Depression and the New Deal Era of FDR.

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Washington Post, "Hiltzik tells the dam's tale well, with majestic sweep and a degree of detail that by rights ought . This was a great book. I actually visited the Hoover Dam July 2010. The book provides an excellent explaination of the evoloution of the Hoover Dam project.

Washington Post, "Hiltzik tells the dam's tale well, with majestic sweep and a degree of detail that by rights ought to be numbing, but isn't; every iota of material fits snugly into the narrative, which, unlike the river, flows freely. San FranciscoChronicle, "Masterly. In the grand tradition of David McCullough. fixes the endeavor in its time and captures the personalities of the people involved. The Hoover Dam is a great place to visit. Great book! I purchased this book for my husband.

Michael A. Hiltzik (born November 9, 1952) is an American columnist and reporter who has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times. Colossus : Hoover Dam and the making of the American century. In 1999, he won a beat reporting Pulitzer Prize for co-writing a series of articles about corruption in the music industry with Chuck Philips  . New York: Free Press. ISBN 978-1-4165-3216-3.

As breathtaking today as when it was completed, Hoover Dam ranks among America's greatest achievements. The story of its conception, design, and construction is the story of the United States at a unique moment in history: when facing both a global economic crisis and the implacable elements of nature, we prevailed.The United States after Hoover Dam was a different country from the one that began to build it, going from the glorification of individual effort to the value of shared enterprise and communal support. The dam became the physical embodiment of this change. A remote regional construction project transformed from a Republican afterthought into a New Deal symbol of national pride.Hoover Dam went on to shape not only the American West but the American century. Michael Hiltzik populates the epic tale of the dam's construction with larger-than-life characters, such as Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, William Mulholland, and the dam's egomaniacal architect, Frank Crowe. Shedding real light on a one-of-a-kind moment in twentieth-century American history, Hiltzik combines exhaustive research, trenchant observation, and a gift for unforgettable storytelling in a book that is bound to become a classic in its genre.
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Arashilkis
Anyone who lives in the American Southwest, as I do, has an instinctive, visceral appreciation for the importance of water. Civilization in these arid deserts would be impossible, or at least very different, if there were no dependable sources of the life-giving liquid. Without water, life as we know it would not exist in Albuquerque, El Paso, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson. Southern California's immensely productive Imperial Valley would be a parched dustbowl. We "desert rats" know that water is everything.

For well over 100 years, the U.S. Government and private companies (often working at cross-purposes) have tirelessly battled Mother Nature to bring water to the driest areas of the country. "Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century" chronicles how visionaries, politicians, engineers and an army of dedicated workmen fought seemingly impossible odds to tame one wild American river--the mighty Colorado.

"Colossus" is more than just the story of Hoover Dam. It begins decades before anyone even thought of damming the Colorado. For example, many people may not know that the Salton Sea, California's largest body of water, was not "always there." It formed in 1905 when man's first attempt to channel the Colorado failed spectacularly and flooded hundreds of low-lying square miles of the Imperial Valley. You'll find the whole story in "Colossus." You'll also find the convoluted, years-long tale of how greed, politics and myopic self-interest finally produced the Colorado River Compact that defined how the seven states of the watershed would share the river's water. You'll learn what motivated some men (and they were all men back in the day--no sexism intended) to fiercely promote construction of the world's highest dam in the desolate Black Canyon of the Colorado, and why other men opposed it with equal ferocity. You'll find out how the ongoing Great Depression defined working conditions at the dam site, and how this affected labor-management relations for years to come.

These stories make up most of "Colossus"--the first mention of the actual construction of the dam, for example, doesn't occur until about page 200 or so. Given the book's subtitle, this is not surprising. It is as much a sociological and political history of the times as it is the story of how the dam was built. Yes, Hoover Dam is an engineering achievement of the first magnitude. But it is more than that. It stands as an enduring symbol of American expertise and of the positive attitudes and "can-do" spirit that the nation used to have. "Colossus" is not a technical treatise on how the dam was built, although it does contain enough of that kind of material to satisfy the ardent technophile. Rather, it provides the reader with a first-rate, broad and deep understanding of this massive American icon, how it came to be and what it meant to a nation struggling at the time to survive an economic calamity. I recommend it most highly, even if you don't live in the Southwest.
Prince Persie
I bought this book as a result of the author appearing for a signing at a LBS.

He was fascinating and I found his book the same.

I will use the word "inspirational" as his talk and my reading of Colossus inspired me to explore the lower Colorado.

I live in San Diego, and went east to the Salton Sea, created in 1905 by a levee break. We proceeded to Brawley, which owes its existence to Colorado River water. We found the start of the All-American Canal near Calexico. The All-American Canal was part of the appropriation bill the the Hoover Dam.

Seeing the Colorado in Yuma began my big awakening about the river. The wild Colorado, which for decades controlled the lives of humans living near it, is now under control. It is narrow, mild-mannered, and occasionally almost invisible.

Human activity is everywhere. Farming and leisure activities abound.

The majesty of the river's former self is most evident at Hoover Dam, where we want on a boat trip below the dam, getting a view that I missed in previous trips. I also explore Boulder City, whose history I did not appreciate before reading Colossus.

This book brought history alive, and helped my better understand what life in America was like from 1900-1935.
Kigul
This book deserved more attention that it got. All of the greed, avarice, and corruption of a generation are on display in this sorrowful account of the sacrifices made by a generation desperate to make a Depression era living. It debunked a few myths I had long held about the project (nobody is buried in the concrete), but exposed the safety lapses of a callous contractor that killed scores of workers from carbon monoxide poisoning in the tunnels. Even more sorrowful were the accounts of living conditions and heat exposure deaths of the families and workers living near the project. Everyone in the construction contracting industry should read this.
Mautaxe
I received this book as a gift from a friend, but I also consider it a gift from the author. Hiltzik’s prose is smooth as the flowing waters of the Colorado River his main character in a story filled with fascinating, key people responsible for developing the west. From the first men who dreamed of tapping the river’s water, Rockwood and Chaffey, to Phil Swing who shepherded the Boulder Canyon Project through Congress, to “Hurry Up” Harry Crowe, who built Hoover Dam two years ahead of schedule, Hiltzik tells a gripping tale. The consortium of Six Companies went on to become some the international construction heavyweights of today: Bechtel and Kaiser Corporations. Great reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of current water wars over the Colorado River
INwhite
I accidentally found this book from a Google search on the Colorado River. I found it fascinating! The author writes in such a way that you just keep wanting to read and find out the next event that shaped the use of the Colorado River these past 100 years.

Having read many books on the development of the northern portions of the Colorado River, this one did an excellent job filling in the gaps about the southern portions of the river's development.

The author did a wonderful job explaining the huge engineering efforts of building Hoover Dam. Having just visited it in the past six months, I now want to return and see it again and explore with my better understanding of the project.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in western waters, the Colorado River, Hoover Damn, and water policy in the West.
Kirimath
This is a great book that describes the geology, geography, history, project planning, new innovations, personalities, hardships, politics, etc., etc., ect., of the citing, planning, and building of the Hoover Dam. There is something for everyone in this book. If you have any interest in the Hoover Dam, or western dams, this is a wonderful resource.
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