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The Resource Floodpath : the deadliest man-made disaster of 20th-century America and the making of modern Los Angeles, Jon Wilkman

Floodpath : the deadliest man-made disaster of 20th-century America and the making of modern Los Angeles, Jon Wilkman

Label
Floodpath : the deadliest man-made disaster of 20th-century America and the making of modern Los Angeles
Title
Floodpath
Title remainder
the deadliest man-made disaster of 20th-century America and the making of modern Los Angeles
Statement of responsibility
Jon Wilkman
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second-largest city, and who was also responsible for the design and construction of the St. Francis Dam. Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective story, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind L.A. noir fictions such as the classic film Chinatown. In an era of climate change, increasing demand on water resources, and a neglected American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam has never been more relevant."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilkman, Jon
Dewey number
363.34/930979493
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
TC557.C3
LC item number
S2495 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Floods
  • Dam failures
  • Floodplains
  • Saint Francis Dam (Calif.)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Label
Floodpath : the deadliest man-made disaster of 20th-century America and the making of modern Los Angeles, Jon Wilkman
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223114384226
  • 31223114384218
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-310) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Monday -- The Chief and the City of the Angels -- "There it is, take it!" -- Holding back the future -- A monster in the dark -- No time for nightmares -- The dead zone -- Sympathy, anger, and amends -- Arguing over the ruins -- Los Angeles on trial -- Rewinding time -- Hasty conclusions and high dams -- Paying the price and moving on -- Unfinished business and historical amnesia -- Charley's obsession and computer time machines -- After the fall
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781620409152
Lccn
2015015372
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 907966087
  • (OCoLC)907966087
Label
Floodpath : the deadliest man-made disaster of 20th-century America and the making of modern Los Angeles, Jon Wilkman
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223114384226
  • 31223114384218
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-310) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Monday -- The Chief and the City of the Angels -- "There it is, take it!" -- Holding back the future -- A monster in the dark -- No time for nightmares -- The dead zone -- Sympathy, anger, and amends -- Arguing over the ruins -- Los Angeles on trial -- Rewinding time -- Hasty conclusions and high dams -- Paying the price and moving on -- Unfinished business and historical amnesia -- Charley's obsession and computer time machines -- After the fall
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781620409152
Lccn
2015015372
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 907966087
  • (OCoLC)907966087

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