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By Donald E. Wolf

ISBN-10: 0806128534

ISBN-13: 9780806128535

ISBN-10: 0806170840

ISBN-13: 9780806170848

Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the monetary foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In vast Dams and different desires, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the pursuits of the visionary males at the back of those tasks coincided through the early 20th century, what they finished, and what has develop into of the empires they created. In twelve colourful, completely researched chapters, Wolf gracefully renders the tale of Six businesses, a mix of companies led by way of commercial giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, between others. jointly, those executives performed an incredible position in constructing the trendy American West and in construction the constructions we go together with it. Then, as international battle II threatened, they undertook ever extra wonderful tasks. utilizing a variety of assets and interviews, Wolf weaves own, political, and commercial background right into a compelling account that may attract historians and basic readers alike.

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But I'm profoundly grateful to Ursula Smith, who edited the manuscript, for making the process much less painful and clearly more rigorous than it would ever have been without her. And, finally, I want to express my gratitude to my wife, Ellen, who surely knows more about Six Companies by now than she ever wanted to know, but who has never said so. DONALD E. Y. Page 3 Chapter 1 The Master Builder Frank Crowe was a tall and taciturn man. At 48, he had the build of an athlete past his prime and the face of a veteran coach.

Title. 7'624'0978dc20 95-43628 CIP Text design by Debora Hackworth. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1996 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved. A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v Contents List of Illustrations vii Foreword by Richard Lowitt ix Preface xiii Chapter 1 The Master Builder 3 Chapter 2 The Contractors 18 Chapter 3 Colossal Structures 34 Chapter 4 Beyond Bridges 60 Chapter 5 The Last Great Peacetime Job 75 Chapter 6 Ships for War 85 Chapter 7 Sand, Snow, and the Japanese 123 Chapter 8 Wartime Manufacturing 151 Chapter 9 Bechtel after the War 184 Chapter 10 Kaiser after the War 216 Chapter 11 Morrison Knudsen, Utah, and the Others 250 Chapter 12 The Survivors 277 Notes 289 Bibliography 317 Index 327 Page vii Illustrations Photographs Six Companies directors and construction superintendent at Hoover Dam Frontispiece Following page 112: Warren ("Dad") Bechtel and his three sons Frank Crowe Charles Shea Harry Morrison Housing at Hoover Dam Hoover Dam, from upstream Hoover Dam, from downstream Six Companies executives and government officials at Hoover Dam San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Grand Coulee Dam Golden Gate Bridge Marriner Eccles with Franklin Roosevelt and his son James Roosevelt Stephen Bechtel at Marinship Kaiser cars on the assembly line Henry J.

Title. 7'624'0978dc20 95-43628 CIP Text design by Debora Hackworth. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1996 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved. A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v Contents List of Illustrations vii Foreword by Richard Lowitt ix Preface xiii Chapter 1 The Master Builder 3 Chapter 2 The Contractors 18 Chapter 3 Colossal Structures 34 Chapter 4 Beyond Bridges 60 Chapter 5 The Last Great Peacetime Job 75 Chapter 6 Ships for War 85 Chapter 7 Sand, Snow, and the Japanese 123 Chapter 8 Wartime Manufacturing 151 Chapter 9 Bechtel after the War 184 Chapter 10 Kaiser after the War 216 Chapter 11 Morrison Knudsen, Utah, and the Others 250 Chapter 12 The Survivors 277 Notes 289 Bibliography 317 Index 327 Page vii Illustrations Photographs Six Companies directors and construction superintendent at Hoover Dam Frontispiece Following page 112: Warren ("Dad") Bechtel and his three sons Frank Crowe Charles Shea Harry Morrison Housing at Hoover Dam Hoover Dam, from upstream Hoover Dam, from downstream Six Companies executives and government officials at Hoover Dam San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Grand Coulee Dam Golden Gate Bridge Marriner Eccles with Franklin Roosevelt and his son James Roosevelt Stephen Bechtel at Marinship Kaiser cars on the assembly line Henry J.

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