Heavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster by Norris HundleyHeavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster by Norris Hundley

Heavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster

byNorris Hundley, Donald C. JacksonEditorJean Patterson

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

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Minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed, sending more than 12 billion gallons of water surging through California's Santa Clara Valley and killing some 400 people, causing the greatest civil engineering disaster in twentieth-century American history. This extensively illustrated volume gives an account of how the St. Francis Dam came to be built, the reasons for its collapse, the terror and heartbreak brought by the flood, the efforts to restore the Santa Clara Valley, the political factors influencing investigations of the failure, and the effect of the disaster on dam safety regulation. Underlying all is a consideration of how the dam—and the disaster—were inextricably intertwined with the life and career of William Mulholland.
Norris Hundley Jr.(1935-2013) was professor of American history at UCLA.Donald C. Jacksonis Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History at Lafayette College.
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Title:Heavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam DisasterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520287665

ISBN - 13:9780520287662

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"Readers will find much to like in this carefully-crafted, exhaustively-researched, liberally-illustrated, and engagingly-written book... an important and welcome addition to the pantheon of scholarship on California Water History." -- Southern California Quarterly