Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast: Ralph Bramel Lloyd and the Shaping of the Urban West
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About the Author
Michael R. Adamson is the author of A Better Way to Build: A History of the Pankow Companies. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is an independent scholar whose essays on business and urban history and US foreign economic policy have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and scholarly collections.
"This meticulously researched biography makes a valuable contribution to American business history by showing how Ralph Lloyd navigated a changing energy and real estate environment. It explores the interactions between oil field development and urban development, both on the scene in Ventura as a boom town and away from the scene in Los Angeles and Portland as opportunities for investment."
Carl Abbott, author of How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America
"A tour de force. Adamson's command of business history and the depth of his research are stunning. This is, hands down, the most meticulous study of an independent oilman I have ever read."
Diana Hinton, author of Shale Boom: The Barnett Shale Play and Fort Worth