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Imagining Los Angeles: New book by Barry Siegel traces rise of metropolis to the 1932 Olympics
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Dreamers and Schemers
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Dreamers and Schemers

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Dreamers and Schemers chronicles how Los Angeles's pursuit and staging of the 1932 Olympic Games during the depths of the Great Depression helped fuel the city's transformation from a seedy frontier village to a world-famous metropolis. Leading that pursuit was the "Prince of Realtors," William May (Billy) Garland, a prominent figure in early Los Angeles. In important respects, the story of Billy Garland is the story of Los Angeles.

After arriving in Southern California in 1890, he and his allies drove much of the city's historic expansion in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

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"Occasionally journalists like Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe come along...whose work
transcends traditional standards of reportage and, when gathered in book form, earns for
its creators a literary cachet as lasting as that of any author. Barry Siegel is in that league."
   —Steven Kane, L.A. Style