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The Mirage Factory

The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist
May 15, 2018 | 416 Pages
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“As a writer, Krist is a dream-weaver…exquisite pacing and seamless shifting between the characters allow their stories to connect….I’ve read dozens of histories of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and none are as viscerally compelling or as clear in detailed descriptions of the complicated machinations as Krist’s account….Krist’s book is so good that, like the best movies, it ends up inverting the genre.” —The Washington Post

“Engrossing…Krist serves up intricate stories, rich period atmosphere, and colorful personalities to capture the zeitgeist of this eventful period. The result is a rollicking jaunt through L.A.’s early days.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Krist’s] dramatic portrayals of politics, scandals, sabotage, and bombings make for a rich, rewarding read….An entertaining, intertwined tale of triumph, hubris, and Manifest Destiny in the city of angels.” —Kirkus

“A definite page-turner for those with an interest in LA as the booming metropolis we know today as well as the fascinating cross-sections of the American West, biography, public works, water access and scarcity, Hollywood and film industry, religious history, and evangelism.” —Library Journal

“A revealing and often fascinating exploration of the growth of a great city.” —Booklist

“Gary Krist is a city whisperer as well as a brilliant writer. He shows the soul of L.A. through the lives of three dreamers who helped conjure out of a sleepy town the foundation for an improbable and profoundly influential metropolis. A vastly entertaining and informative book, even for someone who has spent more than half his life here.” —Eric Lax, author of Start to Finish
“Gary Krist, who earlier portrayed crises in early-20th century New Orleans and Chicago, now vividly captures booming Los Angeles in all its emerging glory.  He does it through well-chosen and keenly-executed portraits of three famous (and deeply flawed) evangelists—for water, for motion pictures, for Jesus—who shaped the city we know today.” —Greg Mitchell, author of The Tunnels
“A captivating portrayal of the City of Angels, told through the lives of three of its most colorful creators. Gary Krist has captured the moment when Los Angeles became the world’s most fascinating city.” —John Buntin, author of L.A. Noir

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