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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 substantial Dams and different desires, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the pursuits of the visionary males in the back of those tasks coincided through the early 20th century, what they finished, 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 companies led by way of commercial giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, between others. jointly, those executives performed an important position in constructing the fashionable American West and in development the buildings we go along with it. Then, as international warfare II threatened, they undertook ever extra staggering tasks. utilizing quite a lot of resources and interviews, Wolf weaves own, political, and commercial historical past right into a compelling account that would attract historians and normal readers alike.

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From such sources, it was possible to trace the sometimes complex paths along which they threaded in and out of each other's lives and to follow the trail of their work and their influence around the world. Of course, productive access to these materials required the well-organized resources of good libraries and the thoroughness of committed librarians, and for that I'm most grateful to the librarians at the Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley and to their counterparts at the University of California at San Diego Page xv and the University of Arizona at Tucson.

When he went on to accept lucrative employment from one of the oil companies that had profited from the leasesand was unable to explain significant, contemporaneous improvement in his own personal fortunesFall was assured a place as the principal culprit in the public perception of the great Teapot Dome scandal. 26 The impact of the scandal was widespread. At the highest levels it touched the president's office itself and involved the son-in-law of a former president. At the cabinet level it had the effect of bringing about the appointment of Hubert Work, a Colorado physician turned politician, as secretary of the interior.

At the cabinet level it had the effect of bringing about the appointment of Hubert Work, a Colorado physician turned politician, as secretary of the interior. Work was to be the instrument of radical change. One of the first things he did at Reclamation was to fire Arthur Powell Davis as its director. Davis, a widely respected Page 15 civil engineer who had spent his entire career in the Department of the Interior, was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a nephew of the eminent explorer/scientist John Wesley Powell.

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