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An engaging oral history of the 31ers who built Hoover Dam and the women who fed them, married them, and shared their lives. Building Hoover Dam is the most intriguing book yet written about one of the modern architectural wonders of the world. Andrew J. Dunar and Dennis McBride skillfully interweave first hand accounts of a fascinating group of eyewitnesses. Their stories create the richest existing portrait of the building of Hoover Dam and its tremendous effect on the lives of those involved in its creation: the gritty, sometimes grisly realities of living in cardboard boxes and tents during several of the hottest Southern Nevada summers still on record; the fearsome carbon monoxide deaths of tunnel builders who, it was claimed, had died of "pneumonia"; the uproarious life of nearby Las Vegas versus the tightly controlled existence of the workers in the built-overnight confines of Boulder City; and of course the astounding accomplishment of building the dam itself and completing the task not only early but under budget.
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(235mm x 152mm x 22mm)
University of Nevada Press
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
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Author Biography -
Andrew J. Dunar is professor of history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is the author of The Truman Scandals and the Politics of Morality and co-author of Power to Explore: The History of Marshall Space Flight Center, 1960-1990. He is also editor of The Oral History Review, the journal of the Oral History Association. Dennis McBride is a long time researcher, archivist, and writer about Southern Nevada. He has recently founded and is curator of the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association. His work has appeared in Nevada Magazine, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, and The Los Angeles Times.