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Author Siegel, Barry, 1949- author.

Title Dreamers and schemers : how an improbable bid for the 1932 Olympics transformed Los Angeles from dusty outpost to global metropolis / Barry Siegel.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    796.48 Garland,W SIE    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xiii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue : Billy's parade -- Billy's migration -- LA on the cusp -- The quest -- A foot in the door -- The hand of man -- Rome, 1923 -- The great migration -- Protecting the image -- A bolt from the blue -- Planting a seed -- Then came the crash -- Berlin, 1930 -- A sacred duty -- Desperate hours -- Competing narratives -- Playing his cards -- A lush new world -- A parallel universe -- The games -- A footing in the world.
Summary "Dreamers and Schemers chronicles how Los Angeles's pursuit and staging of the 1932 Olympic Games during the depths of the Great Depression helped fuel the city's transformation from a seedy frontier village to a world-famous metropolis. Leading that pursuit was the "Prince of Realtors," William May (Billy) Garland, a prominent figure in early Los Angeles. In important respects, the story of Billy Garland is the story of Los Angeles. After arriving in Southern California in 1890, he helped drive much of the city's historic expansion in the first two decades of the twentieth century, and then, from 1920 to 1932, he directed the city's bid for the 1932 Olympic Games. Garland's quest to host the Olympics provides an unusually revealing window onto a particular time, place, and way of life. Reconstructing the narrative from Garland's visionary notion to its consequential aftermath, Barry Siegel shows how one man's grit and imagination made California history"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Garland, William May, 1866-1948.
Olympic Games (10th : 1932 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Olympic host city selection -- 1932.
Hosting of sporting events -- California -- Los Angeles.
City planning -- California -- Los Angeles.
ISBN 9780520298583 hardcover ; alkaline paper
0520298586 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9780520379718 paperback
0520379713 paperback
Standard No. 40029501936

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