Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
Publication Date: June 2010
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.
Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Los Angeles Times for twenty years. His books include The Plot Against Social Security, Dealers of Lightning, and A Death in Kenya. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. Since 1962, he has toured coast to coast, presenting his work before audiences all over the United States and Canada. He is the author of the comic novel Nailing It, as well as Fables & Vaudevilles & Plays and The Lifeguard and the Mermaid, collections of his work for the stage. Norman has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
When the Hoover Dam was finished in 1935, it was three times larger than any other dam on the planet. Journalist Michael Hiltzik examines the humongous engineering achievement -- including how the Hoover Dam was conceived, designed and built -- in a new book, Colossus. More at NPR.org
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"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