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Life and Death at Hoover Dam (English Edition) di [Borrowman, Jerry]
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HISTORICAL FICTION: It’s 1931 and men are desperate for jobs. A lucky few will get to work in the searing heat of the Nevada desert on the massive Hoover Dam, the single largest public works project in history. Their goal is to tame the mighty Colorado River with a dam that towers sixty stories high from the base of the canyon to the crest of the dam. In doing so they will create the largest man-made lake in the world. Nothing like it has ever been built.
Life and Death at Hoover Dam tells the story of a handful of these men and the sacrifices they endured. From choking on gasoline fumes in 120-degree heat inside the five-stories-tall diversion tunnels to dangling by slender cables from the thousand-foot walls of Black Canyon, they will put their lives at risk. In the end, these men and the 20,000 others who worked on the dam will build a monument that makes possible the palm trees of Los Angeles and the desert oasis of Phoenix. This is the story of their lives—the men who built the matchless Hoover Dam.


Jerry Borrowman is a best selling author of historical fiction and co-authored biography. Find full descriptions of his books at His Three Against Hitler with Rudi Wobbe is a George Washington National Award Winner from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for promoting the cause of freedom. Jerry has given voice to true heroes -- Rudi Wobbe, a German boy who stood up against the Third Reich, Joe Banks in A Distant Prayer who served on 49 combat missions deep into German territory in a B-17 bomber, only to be shot down and taken prisoner of war, and Colonel Bernard Fisher, USAF, a career Air Force pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor for Valor Above and Beyond the Call of Duty in Vietnam, (sometimes mistakenly identified as the Congressional Medal of Honor). But for those who enjoy historical fiction, his World War I and World War II series provides insight into the great European wars of the 20th Century in a unique and exciting way. Here's what Jennie Hansen, reviewer for Meridian magazine has to say: "Borrowman does a superb job of portraying life, including the values and prejudices of the early twentieth century. He brings a realism to that period that is slower and more innocent than teens experience today, yet the reader is led to an awareness of and learns to care about the hopes and dreams of these soon-to-be-men, who live in a time when automobiles are still new and airplanes are little more than toys..." Jerry's books are for readers of all ages, men and women. They will inspire you by the great sacrifices made by those who have fought for American freedom.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 256
  • Editore: Black Canyon Press; Second Kindle Edition edizione (18 settembre 2010)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0043M4SHM
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3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The potentially boring made interesting! 27 giugno 2012
Di T. Sickles - Pubblicato su
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Read an academic book on the history and engineering of the Hoover Dam? Not a chance. Read an historical fiction novel set against a backdrop of the history and engineering of the Hoover Dam? Much better! The author has created very believable and characters and a compelling storyline. While most of the characters are fictional, there are some historic figures thrown into the mix as well, such as Frank Crowe, the head of Dam project, and Walker Young, the Bureau of Reclamation rep at the site. The story moved at a decent pace, and held my interest throughout.

The main characters are David Conway, an engineer on the project, and his brother Pete, a foreman/worker on the Dam. They oversee workers including Tony Capelli, and Italian farmer from California, and Sean O'Donnell, a steelworker from NY. The story relates the everyday working conditions the men had to endure, the dangers of working in such a harsh environment, and day to day interactions of the laborers. The author delves into such areas as worker safety (or lack thereof), racial tensions of the day, and the problems presented for the men when they are separated from their families for long periods.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and learned a little something about what went into the building of the dam, and it's inner workings, in the process! Highly recommended!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Thrilling, informative, page-turner of a book 17 settembre 2010
Di Evan Rowley - Pubblicato su
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Well, was I wrong. How could a book about building a dam in the middle of a barren desert have any hope of being interesting? Could it pretend to hold my attention as a historical novel and not be about a war? Those were my thoughts as I looked at the cover and read its summary.
Actually, this is an incredibly interesting story about one of America's most amazing and biggest engineering accomplishments, the building of the Hoover Dam in Nevada (or Boulder Dam to some die hards).
The author created for me a world about people dangling on high cliffs in the scorching desert sun, stories of people carving huge tunnels in massive rock walls, and men building a massive concrete structure in an effort to tame the raging Colorado River. And all this built around engineering and not war. Well, at least not a shooting war but there is battle over prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry.
Although this may sound like just a man's book, it human drama is appealing to both women and men. Jerry Borrowman creates warm and believable characters who became my friends while mixing them with contemptible louts who bugged me to no end. I found myself over and over again cheering for the heroes and booing the villains, story after story after breath-taking incident in this gripping tale. But they work together to magically tell an extraordinary story about a little-know desert miracle that has literally changed the lives of millions of people

Boy was I wrong about this page-turner of a book. Don't you be.
3.0 su 5 stelle Good premise 19 febbraio 2017
Di GinnyReader - Pubblicato su
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This book seemed promising. I visited the Hoover Dam last year and was looking forward to reading about its construction. This book provides some good and interesting information about the construction and engineering.

It was the fictional characters that put me off. They didn't come across as realistic. I can't say why. I'm sure there was all sorts of discrimination and favoritism on this job site. This account or the characters just didn't seem true.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Good, not great 27 settembre 2012
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This is definitely a well-researched, interesting story. It's full of detail regarding the construction of the dam and some of the challenges faced and how they were overcome. It also includes photos from the construction which really helps set the scene.

However, the book does suffer in some respects. It is rather preachy and a lot of the dialogue is really silly and unrealistic, as the characters quite often go into great detail talking to each other about things real people really wouldn't discuss but the author wants to convey to the reader.

The storyline is engaging, and the book encourages the reader to consider the human aspects of the building of the dam (and other projects of the era), so overall it's a decent read.
4.0 su 5 stelle Interesting book, pretty good read 8 ottobre 2012
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I overall really enjoyed this book. It has an interesting concept of tying together the construction of Hoover (or Boulder) dam, and the included historic images give the whole thing a nice feeling of legitimacy. It got me interested enough that while I was reading I decided to look up Hoover dam on wikipedia. Reading through that article made me think that the author essentially took that outline to serve as the temporal outline and historic "hooks" on which he hung a melodrama with elements of: class/racial/ethic relations, economic problems at the beginning of the Great Depression, and general family interactions. Not a bad way of crafting a book! I think I'll check out some of the other things by this author.

Some reviewers have been bothered by what they consider "stilted" or "preachy" dialogue, and I see their point. But to me the melodrama and dialogue seem similar to that of many contemporary novels (of the 1920s & 30s). In particular I was reminded of a 1919 novel titled "The Desert Fiddler" which is set in the Imperial Valley of California during the beginnings of agricultural development, with a similar melodrama hung on this setting. One of the main characters (Tony) in "Life & Death at Hoover Dam" has come from a failing farm in the Imperial Valley, so it makes an interesting comparison. It is available for the Kindle free from Amazon: The Desert Fiddler.

This book (kindle edition) suffers a little bit from technical editing problems, mostly some capitalizations problems. The name "Tony" is often not capitalized, and I also noticed "Tom" and a few sentences not capitalized.
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