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The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties

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Here is a saga of the roaring twenties, with its glorification of business, its get-rich-quick mentality, and its paucity of government regulation—which bred speculation, corruption, and corporate chaos throughout the country. The Great Los Angeles Swindle exposes the schemes of C. C. Julian and his Julian Petroleum Corporation, known familiarly to thousands of Los Angeles ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published December 21st 1996 by University of California Press (first published April 21st 1994)
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David Groves
If you're looking for a window into 1920s politics and behavior, this book opens your eyes. It's the account of a talented and charismatic con man, C.C. Julian, and the many ways in which he swindled tens of thousands of investors in his oil-drilling venture. There is copious period journalism on the subject, but Tygiel brings it all together in one thick volume.

Tygiel's prose is pretty solid and straightforward, although the technical investment aspects of the story will probably leave some scr
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Jan 18, 2015 Kellie rated it it was ok
While this was a very informative book, it was also quite dry and difficult to soldier through. I'd say it really deserves a 2.5 star rating.
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Crime and influence peddling was rampant in Los Angeles in the 20s and 30s as this book makes clear. The rich and well connected get preferred treatment, the poor get swindled, the crooks get off, the brother of Senator Flint is gunned down in a courtroom, and the D.A., bribed by the crooks, is the only person in the whole scandal that went to jail. You can't make this stuff up.
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A graduate of Brooklyn College, Jules Tygiel earned his master's and doctorate degrees at UCLA and taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee before receiving a position at San Francisco State University. A self-professed fan of baseball, he was the founder of the Pacific Ghost League, a fantasy baseball league.
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