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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
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
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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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 01, 2019)
Subject Garland, William May, 1866-1948
Olympic Games (10th : 1932 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Olympic Games.
City planning -- California -- Los Angeles
Hosting of sporting events -- California -- Los Angeles
Olympic host city selection -- 1932
City planning.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Hosting of sporting events.
Olympic host city selection.
California -- Los Angeles.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019015888
ISBN 0520970640
9780520970649