The King and Queen of Malibu

The King and Queen of Malibu

The True Story of the Battle for Paradise

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"A page-turning narrative history of how one family transformed Malibu into a global symbol of fame and fortune. Over a half-century, Malibu went from an untamed ranch in the middle of nowhere to a paradise seeded with movie stars. Behind its transformation is the love story of Frederick and May Rindge. He was a Harvard-trained confidant of presidents; she grew up on a hardscrabble Midwestern farm; and yet their unlikely bond would shape history. The Rindges settled in Los Angeles, quickly amassing a fortune and ushering the frontier city into its modern form. After Frederick's sudden death, May spent her life clashing with some of the most powerful men in the country to preserve Malibu as she saw fit. Her struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision that created the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. The story of Malibu spans from the embers of the Civil War to the glamour of early Hollywood, starring millionaires, movie stars, and rough-and-tumble settlers at a time when the frontier seemed truly limitless"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393240993
Branch Call Number: 979.493 RANDALL
Characteristics: 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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multcolib_alisonk Mar 29, 2017

Malibu is a storied place, and a beautiful one, if the crowds are any indicator. After visiting Adamson House, the summer home of one of the wealthiest families in 19th century L.A., I wanted to know more. This book gave a great background, both of the flood of people who rushed to California looking for riches or paradise, or both, and of one monied family that sought to leave its mark on the place. The author does a good job of balancing history with personal stories. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, especially with Malibu in my mind's eye.


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