Books by Margaret Leslie Davis

Released: Nov. 15, 2008

"An evocation of a time when America's leaders were proud of their 'elitist' cultural tastes and fearless about inviting the citizenry to share them."
Davis (The Culture Broker, 2007, etc.) chronicles the surpassingly popular 1962-63 exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in Washington, D.C., and New York. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Drawing on a new-found trove of Doheny's personal correspondence, and well researched and narrated, this revisionist biography is an interesting addition to the social history of the times. (50 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
California historian Davis (Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles, 1993) revisits Teapot Dome, the cause cÇläbre that began in the time of Warren Harding, to tell the story of one of the scandal's prominent actors, now largely forgotten. Read full book review >
Released: July 28, 1993

"Exciting when detailing the harrowing dam collapse, but this episode isn't enough to energize an otherwise lackluster presentation. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
Sluggish account of the financial and political maneuverings that marked efforts to bring water to the arid Los Angeles Basin at the turn of the century. Read full book review >