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Over a half century, Malibu went from an untamed ranch in the middle of nowhere to a paradise seeded with movie stars. Behind its transformation is the love story of Frederick and May Rindge. He was a Harvard-trained confidant of presidents; she grew up on a hardscrabble Midwestern farm; yet their unlikely bond would shape history. The Rindges settled in Los Angeles, quickly amassing a fortune and ushering the frontier city into its modern form.

After Frederick's sudden death, May spent her life clashing with some of the most powerful men in the country to preserve Malibu as she saw fit. Her struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision that created the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. The story of Malibu spans from the embers of the Civil War to the glamour of early Hollywood, starring millionaires, movie stars, and rough-and-tumble settlers at a time when the frontier seemed truly limitless.

©2016 Original Material © 2016 by David K. Randall. Recorded by arrangement with W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Interesting history of Malibu

I enjoyed the book and very much enjoyed learning the history of Malibu. I specially like the way we got to learn about things through the eyes of different people and throughout the course of history. It was interesting to see how Los Angeles and surrounding areas developed and why

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Utterly fascinating

This is a great untold story. Malibu, Los Angeles, Cambridge MA, west Adams, and other things are explored in this book about two forgotten people who changed the face of Southern California. Great and kind of moving.

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Great book!!

Excellent historical narrative detailing the forgotten history of beautiful Malibu, California. At the same time a poignant tale of the battle between a private landowner and the U.S. Government. A 'must read' for anyone who lives in or loves Malibu!