Building home : Howard F. Ahmanson and the politics of the American dream
- Abrahamson, Eric John.
- Berkeley : University of California Press, c2013.
- Physical description
- x, 357 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
HG2040.5 .U5 A627 2013
- Unknown HG2040.5 .U5 A627 2013
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-344) and index.
- Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Father as Mentor 2. Among the Lotus Eaters 3. Undertaker at a Plague 4. The Common Experience 5. Building Home 6. Scaling Up 7. Home and the State 8. Political Economy 9. Big Business 10. The Crest of a New Wave 11. Southland Patrician 12. Influence 13. Short of Domestic Bliss 14. Breakdown of Consensus 15. Crisis of the Managed Economy 16. A New Way of Life 17. A Personal Epic Conclusion Abbreviations Used in Notes Notes Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- "Building Home" is an innovative biography that weaves together three engrossing stories. It is one part corporate and industrial history, using the evolution of mortgage finance as a way to understand larger dynamics in the nation's political economy. It is another part urban history, since the extraordinary success of the savings and loan business in Los Angeles reflects much of the cultural and economic history of Southern California. "Finally, it is a personal story, a biography of one of the nation's most successful entrepreneurs of the managed economy". (Howard Fieldstad Ahmanson). Eric John Abrahamson deftly connects these three strands as he chronicles Ahmanson's rise against the background of the postwar housing boom and the growth of L.A. during the same period. As a sun-tanned yachtsman and a cigar-smoking financier, the Omaha-born Ahmanson was both unique and representative of many of the business leaders of his era. He did not control a vast infrastructure like a railroad or an electrical utility. Nor did he build his wealth by pulling the financial levers that made possible these great corporate endeavors. Instead, he made a fortune by enabling the middle-class American dream. With his great wealth, he contributed substantially to the expansion of the cultural institutions in L.A. As we struggle to understand the current mortgage-led financial crisis, Ahmanson's life offers powerful insights into an era when the widespread hope of homeownership was just beginning to take shape.
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- Publication date
- Eric John Abrahamson.