Synopses & Reviews
As breathtaking today as when it was completed, Hoover Dam ranks among Americaand#8217;s most awe-inspiring, if dubious, achievements. This epic story of the damand#8212;from conception to design to constructionand#8212;by Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning journalist and Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik exposes the tremendous hardships and accomplishments of the men on the groundand#8212;and in the airand#8212;who built the dam and the demonic drive of Frank Crowe, the boss who pushed them beyond endurance. It is a tale of the tremendous will exerted from start to finish, detailing the canny backroom dealings by Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the herculean engineering challenges Crowe faced, and the terrific union strikes by the men who daily fought to beat back the Colorado River. Colossus tells an important part of the story of Americaand#8217;s struggle to pull itself out of the Great Depression by harnessing the power of its population and its natural resources.
The definitive account of the epic construction of the Hoover Dam, one of the the twentieth century's most consequential public works.
About the Author
Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy forandnbsp;the andlt;iandgt;Los Angeles Timesandlt;/iandgt; for twenty years. In that time he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, and as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. He currently serves as the andlt;iandgt;Times andlt;/iandgt;business columnist. His other books include andlt;iandgt;The Plot Against Social Securityandlt;/iandgt; (2005), andlt;iandgt;Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age andlt;/iandgt;(1999),andnbsp;and andlt;iandgt;A Death in Kenyaandlt;/iandgt; (1995). Mr. Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. Among his other awards for excellence in reporting are the 2004 Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business commentary and the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association for outstanding legal reporting. A graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Hiltzik received a master of science degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1974. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.