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By Donald E. Wolf

Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the monetary foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In massive Dams and different goals, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the pursuits of the visionary males at the back of those tasks coincided throughout the early 20th century, what they entire, and what has develop into of the empires they created. In twelve colourful, completely researched chapters, Wolf gracefully renders the tale of Six businesses, a mix of organisations led through business giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, between others. jointly, those executives performed a huge position in constructing the trendy American West and in construction the constructions we go together with it. Then, as international battle II threatened, they undertook ever extra fabulous tasks. utilizing a variety of resources and interviews, Wolf weaves own, political, and commercial background right into a compelling account that would attract historians and normal readers alike.

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It was $59 million, $10 million higher than his own estimate. 31 The reading of the Woods bid ended all suspense for Crowe; he knew then that he was about to begin the greatest adventure of his life. By the time he heard the whistles and comments that greeted the reading of the Six Companies bid, he was shaking hands with Harry Morrison. By afternoon, Crowe and the rest of the team were headed for San Francisco, which was a kind of hometown for Six Companies. 32 Page 18 Chapter 2 The Contractors There may have been something after all to the romantic idea that it would eventually take a western contractor to subdue the Colorado River.

2 The Arundel Corporation, an aggressive Maryland contracting firm that had been doing big construction jobs back east since 1884, was one of the five contractors who were still in the hunt. John B. Simon of New York was another one, but no one gave him much of a chance. 3 The fifth survivor of the six-week attrition in bidders was Frank Crowe's firm, Six Companies. Named for the judicial tribunal that had for years mediated the fierce Chinese tong wars in California, Six Companies had been formed only a few months earlier, specifically to prepare a bid for the construction of Hoover Dam and, if successful in the bidding, to build it.

Crowe found more agreeable society among some of the men with whom he shared management responsibilitiesBob Sass and Fred Lcigar, in particular. 11 Sass had come over from Helena, where his father kept a tobacco shop. More significant to Crowe was Sass's attractive younger sister, Marie, to whom Sass introduced him in 1906, when she was 17. In the isolation of a construction camp in early twentieth-century Montana, opportunities for meeting attractive, unmarried women were slight, and Crowe was quickly and intensely drawn to the young woman.

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