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Hoover Dam: An American Adventure

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the spring of 1931, in a rugged desert canyon on the Arizona-Nevada border, an army of workmen began one of the most difficult and daring building projects ever undertaken—the construction of Hoover Dam. Through the worst years of the Great Depression as many as five thousand laborers toiled twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to erect the huge structure that wo ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 1990 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1988)
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Jacob Clark
Apr 13, 2015 Jacob Clark rated it really liked it
Mostly this book was about the idea of a great american idea in the 1930s to build a colossus dam and to help the people get back to work because of the great depression.Then in america today it is a national symbol of achievement of the idea of working hard and giving it your all "the american way". I would consider the theme of the idea of do not give up if anything is too hard or rough because these people had to learn idea of working hard to get what you need to survive in them conditions in ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
The Hoover Dam, an extraordinary engineering achievement of the thirties, was originally called the Boulder Dam because it was to span Boulder Canyon. This is ironic because the dam actually spans Black Canyon. The early assumption was that Boulder Canyon would be the better site, but early
geological surveys revealed better foundation rock at the Black Canyon location ' by that time the decision had been made, the name Boulder had stuck to the project. That is, until Governor Wilbur of Nevada ar
Nov 29, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I had recently visited the Hoover Dam and when I was there I realized I wanted to know more about this amazing feat of engineering. Now there aren't too many books out there, and based on some reviews on Goodreads I decided to give this one a go!. I am really glad I did. It is an excellent portrayal of how the dam was built. It doesn't have a particular viewpoint that it goes from but really just covers all of the aspects of the dam, from its inception, building and its overall completion as wel ...more
Mary Brodd
Nov 17, 2014 Mary Brodd rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-general
I enjoyed reading this book and learned a great deal (e.g., this project is where Bechtel got its start, and Kaiser Permanente could be said to have been born here too). Almost more interesting than the construction details was the information on the living conditions at the site. Men flocked to Black Canyon before construction started, hoping for work, and ended up living in camps in the most squalid conditions, some with their families in tow! Reading about the eventual improvements in living ...more
Jun 28, 2015 nanette rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I read it aloud to my twelve and six year old daughters during a home-school unit on Wonders of the World. We only read up to 7 pages a day so it took some time. But I, especially, was enthralled by the characters of this true story. I wish I could rub shoulders with them today. These are the kinds of people who make America and the world great. I hope we still have people creating legacies today that can be written about tomorrow. When I drive to Bould ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Jenn added it

Inspired by our recent visit to the dam, I found this read very interesting and informative. The author did a great job of putting the matters of fact into a readable and compelling story. The dam is a feat and accomplishment that causes great wonder for me. How did The Six Companies ever reach a quote for the project?! It was a never before attempted construction job. And of such magnitude! This is a story full of genius, suspense and some horrors. How incredible are men to be able to harness s
Mar 07, 2012 Spiegols rated it really liked it
Bought this for my husband for Christmas 2-3 years ago. Then I read it. It was fascinating and a fairly easy read for someone who is not an engineer. It could never be done today, due to the over-regulation here in the US.
Bob Kaufman
I visited Hoover Dam a couple summers ago. This book does a good job describing the history and politics behind the building of this dam and its influence on the region after its completion. I'm glad I read it.
Jan 11, 2010 Ruzzel rated it it was amazing
The best book ever. Telling people how this mega structure was built and who are the people behind this project.

Ruzzel Walsh
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Karen Leonard
Jul 09, 2013 Karen Leonard rated it really liked it
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Read this 10 years ago, so I don't remember many details, but I really enjoyed the book. It was well-written, interesting and I learned a lot.
Dec 01, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
Detailed narrative of the building of Hoover Dam with, including the technical as well as the political and personal stories. Well written, but dry at times.
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