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The Wizard of Sun City: The Strange True Story of Charles Hatfield, the Rainmaker Who Drowned a City's Dreams
The story of the West is in many ways the story of the quest for water. Faced with widespread droughts in the late nineteenth century, serious minded men became convinced that artificial rain would be the next great scientific breakthrough. Professional rainmaking companies sprang up, and cities and towns began hiring rainmakers to "milk the skies." Most were glorified con ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 27th 2005 by Basic Books
(first published June 10th 2005)
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An awesome little book on the life of Charles Hatfield, a rainmaker who may have caused or enhanced the San Diego flood of 1916. Chapters in this book are VERY short (1-6 pages) and the writing is extremely clear throughout, so I definitely recommend this to folks hesitant about trying non-fiction. Although Hatfield was a sketchy, mysterious character, Jenkins does a great job researching his life and the controversy that surrounded him. I especially enjoyed the short segments that showed how ea ...more
May 25, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it
A fascinating insightful study of the mysterious and controversial life of Charles Hatfield - The Rainmaker - and his accredited/discredited association with the devastating San Diego flood of 1916. Written with a balanced pen of intelligence and entertainment qualities. Most certainly a recommended good read that begs pondering long after the final page.