Books by Michael Hiltzik

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex
Big Science
Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex
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The untold story of how science went “big,” built the bombs that helped win World War II, and became dependent on government and industry—and the forgotten genius who started it all, Ernest Lawrence. More>>

The New Deal: A Modern History
The New Deal
A Modern History
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Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal began as a program of short-term emergency relief measures and evolved into a truly transformative concept of the federal government’s role in Americans’ lives. More than an economic recovery plan, it was a reordering of the political system that continues to define America to this day. More>>

Colossus: The Turbulent, Thrilling Saga of the Building of Hoover Dam
Colossus
The Turbulent, Thrilling Saga of the Building of Hoover Dam
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This epic story of the dam—from conception to design to construction—by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik exposes the tremendous hardships and accomplishments of the men on the ground—and in the air—who built the dam and the demonic drive of Frank Crowe, the boss who pushed them beyond endurance. More>>

The Plot Against Social Security
The Plot Against Social Security
How the Bush Plan Is Endangering Our Financial Future
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Social Security today is as financially strong as it has been in decades. Despite its relative good health, however, it is facing the most dangerous political challenge to its existence since its birth 70 years ago. The Plot Against Social Security explains who is really behind the efforts. More>>

Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
Dealers of Lightning
Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
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Based on extensive interviews with the scientists, engineers, administrators, and executives who lived the story, this riveting chronicle details PARC’s humble beginnings through its triumph as a hothouse for ideas, and shows why Xerox was never able to grasp, and ultimately exploit, the cutting-edge innovations PARC delivered. More>>

A Death in Kenya
A Death in Kenya
The Murder of Julie Ward
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From Publishers Weekly:
When English expatriate Julie Ward was found dead in a Kenya game preserve in 1988, her body mutilated and burned, Kenyan officials insisted she had been killed by wild animals even though a postmortem confirmed that she had been murdered. Her father, hotel chain owner John Ward, spent $396,000 investigating the case, revealing a Kenya government cover-up spiked with forgery and bureaucratic stonewalling. More>>