The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties
by Jules Tygiel
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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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.
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.More about Jules Tygiel...