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In this fascinating work Randall (Dreamland) a senior reporter at Reuters chronicles the rise and fall of the Rindge family as well as their fight to keep their Malibu Calif. paradise private. Early in the 20th century Malibu was an awe inspiring coastal locale made nearly uninhabitable thanks to the Rindges. The family’s story begins with Frederick Rindge a wealthy east coaster with chronic health problems and an adventurous spirit. When he and his wife May moved west to Los Angeles he was struck by the beauty of Malibu. They bought a large ranch alongside the beach but soon found themselves battling with the settlers living in the nearby hills over access to the beach and with tourists’ looking for beautiful hikes and scenic drives. When Frederick died May grew obsessed with preserving her private lands and the beauty of Malibu. The building anger of Malibu homesteaders and other locals led to suspected arson a ruined reputation and the loss of May’s fortune and the majority of her lands. Well written and thoroughly researched Randall’s exploration of land ownership in America and the American dream addresses issues of sexism classism love and the preservation of natural beauty. Photos. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
In 1887, Frederick Rindge, the only surviving heir of an immenseBoston fortune, Harvard-trained and a confidant to presidents and senators, met and quickly married May, the daughter of a poor Midwestfarmer. Drawing on both public and private archives, Randall traces the couple over roughly seventy years of creation, destruction,triumph, and heartbreak. Without Frederick, May would not have become wealthy beyond her wildest dreams, and without May’s grit,Frederick’s dream of preserving the beauty of Malibu would never have been realized. He tells the story of how the Rindge family cameto own and then lose their grip on Malibu and commemorates their role in preserving the natural beauty of greater Los Angeles longafter other areas of Southern California became strip malls and tract homes. Few who travel on the Pacific Coast Highway today know about the epic battle that created the road.Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)