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The King Of California
J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire

Summary

J.G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields."  The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s,drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere.

Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California. It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. DeMille to Cesar Chavez.

about Mark Arax, Rick Wartzman

  • Mark Arax is a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine and a former senior writer at the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of West of the West. Rick Wartzman is the Director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University in California, a fellow of the New America Foundation, and the author of Obscene in the Extreme. He was formerly the business editor for the Los Angeles Times and a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Rick Wartzman is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. He also writes about the world of work for Fortune magazine online. Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director, Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. While business editor of The Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Wal-Mart's impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

other editions

  • Paperback | ISBN 9781586482817
    Pub date: 02/16/2005 | Price: $21.99 / 28.50 Canada
    Publisher: PublicAffairs
    5.500 x 8.250 | 592 Pages
    HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Agribusiness
  • eBook | ISBN 9780786752799
    Pub date: 02/16/2005 | Price: $13.99 / 17.99 Canada
    Publisher: PublicAffairs
    576 Pages
    HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Agribusiness