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The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire

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J.G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields."  The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s,drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere.

Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California. It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. DeMille to Cesar Chavez.

Synopsis:

A rich, colorful history of California centering on the untold story of America's biggest farmer, J.G. Boswell, who controls more than $1 billion worth of water rights and real estate in the heart of the state

About the Author

Mark Arax is an award-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Rick Wartzman is the paper's business editor. Arax is the author of the critically acclaimed In My Father's Name, about his search to find his father 's killers. He lives in Fresno. Wartzman was previously with The Wall Street Journal, where for fifteen years he served in a variety of posts, including White House correspondent and founding editor of the paper's weekly California edition. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586482817
Subtitle:
J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire
Author:
Arax, Mark
Author:
Wartzman, Rick
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20050216
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.5 in 23.5 oz
Age Level:
from 16 up to 110

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Biography » Business
Biography » Rich and Famous
Business » General
History and Social Science » Americana » California
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Crop Science
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