The Hoover Dam
is just part of the infrastructure in Southern Nevada. In the 1920's, it was a political squabble, an engineering problem of unprecedented scope and by the time it was under construction, it had become a marvel.
This story is recounted in Michael Hiltzik's
new book, Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
. He is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and joins us in the studio.
, columnist, LA Times