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In this definitive account, Los Angeles Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Michael Hiltzik shares the epic story of Hoover Dam's construction and its tremendous—and continuing—impact on the United States.

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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.

"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 Franciscio Chronicle

"Colossus may inspire in [listeners] a longing for a new building project on the Hoover's scale, something that will summon up once again America's famous self-confidence and daring." ---The Wall Street Journal

"Astutely conveying the characters of its creators, Hiltzik marvelously captures the times of the Hoover Dam." ---Booklist

"[A] well-written and compelling study." ---Library Journal

"Dietz's straight reading is well paced and expressive, ensuring that the detailed text is digestible to listeners." ---AudioFile

"The vigor of Hiltzik's prose and the lively gallery of individual portraits and anecdotes...convey a wonderfully textured sense of what it was like to work on Hoover Dam." ---Los Angeles Times
Washington Post Bestseller

New York Times Bestseller


Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century

Author Michael Hiltzik

Narrated by Norman Dietz

Publication date Jun 7, 2010

Running time 19 hrs

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