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Floodpath : the deadliest man

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Francis Dam has never been more relevant. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. Even more, Wilkman probes how this catastrophe -- after evasion and denial -- guided Los Angeles to new maturity. What caused this unexpected catastrophe, and why are the facts largely missing from history books? Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history, technological detective story, and life-and-death drama, Floodpath grippingly re-animates the reality behind noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown. Francis Dam--which tragically would prove vulnerable to the shifting geology of the site. Mulholland was also responsible for the design and construction of the St. Francis Dam disaster of 1928 constitutes a cautionary coda in the creation of metropolitan Los Angeles through water engineering.

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Floodpath : The Deadliest Man

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Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history, technological detective story, and life-and-death drama, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. Francis Dam - which tragically would prove vulnerable to the shifting geology of the site. In this future classic of California historiography, veteran filmmaker and historian Jon Wilkman vividly presents the full story of the technical and human failures involved. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. His television series Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood was named one of the year's top ten programs by the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal, and nominated for three Emmy Awards, including writing.

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Floodpath : the deadliest man

floodpath the deadliest manmade disaster of 20thcentury america and the making of modern los angeles

His book is essential reading for anyone interested in the human consequences of the unrestrained quest for water and electricity in twentieth-century America. Francis Dam failure was one of the pivotal events in U. Even more, Wilkman probes how this catastrophe -- after evasion and denial -- guided Los Angeles to new maturity. Moreover, the author ties the events at the St. Francis Dam to the contemporary American experience -- with a high demand for water in a severe drought, combined with the aging and failing infrastructure of dams, waterworks, and energy grids, Wilkman convincingly argues that the United States is primed for another such disaster. Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective story, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind L. Wilkman reminds us in compelling detail about the importance of learning from the past.

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Nonfiction Book Review: Floodpath: The Deadliest Man

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Francis Dam, which held more than 51 million tons of water for Los Angeles, failed, resulting in a 54-mile-long flood path and leaving almost 500 dead. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. Wilkman tells the dramatic story in the context of the rapidly growing city. The E-mail message field is required. True to its title, this book maintains a focus on the flood itself, but with ample historical context and discussion of the sociopolitical effects up to the present. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path.

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Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Wilkman reminds us in compelling detail about the importance of learning from the past. He is currently at work on a documentary on the St. Francis Dam collapse ranks second only to the San Francisco earthquake in the annals of California disasters, and first in the nation as a disaster of human engineering. Francis Dam failure was one of the pivotal events in U. Francis Dam remains an urgent lesson about our human limits, all but forgotten today.

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floodpath the deadliest manmade disaster of 20thcentury america and the making of modern los angeles

It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second largest city. In an era of climate change, increasing demand on water resources, and a neglected American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second-largest city, and who was also responsible for the design and construction of the St. Francis Dam to the contemporary American experience -- with a high demand for water in a severe drought, combined with the aging and failing infrastructure of dams, waterworks, and energy grids, Wilkman convincingly argues that the United States is primed for another such disaster. What caused this unexpected catastrophe, and why are the facts largely missing from history books? More than just the story of one of the greatest tragedies in the 20th century, Wilkman's book is also a commentary on developing safe technologies in the face of climate change.

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Floodpath: The Deadliest Man

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Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. . A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second-largest city, and who was also responsible for the design and construction of the St. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. In this future classic of California historiography, veteran filmmaker and historian Jon Wilkman vividly presents the full story of the technical and human failures involved. Francis Dam, a twelve-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-three miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. Francis Dam collapse ranks second only to the San Francisco earthquake in the annals of California disasters, and first in the nation as a disaster of human engineering.

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Francis Dam has never been more relevant. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. It is a fascinating technological detective story and a compelling human drama, including the impact of a powerful engineer's overconfidence and the loss of hundreds of innocent lives. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. Jon Wilkman brilliantly and dramatically captures the background and scale of the tragedy. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St.

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floodpath the deadliest manmade disaster of 20thcentury america and the making of modern los angeles

With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. Francis Dam, a twelve-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-three miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. While the massive disaster may have been largely forgotten, its foundation in both hubris and opportunism remains relevant today. Moreover, the author ties the events at the St. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. Francis Dam has never been more relevant.

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floodpath the deadliest manmade disaster of 20thcentury america and the making of modern los angeles

With Americans' penchant for forgetting the past, surrounded by a neglected and failing infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second-largest city. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. But the failure of the St. Mulholland was also responsible for the design and construction of the St.

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