The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.3 X 1.1 X 9.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

David K. Randall is the New York Times best-selling author of Dreamland, The King and Queen of Malibu, Black Death at the Golden Gate, and The Monster's Bones. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, among other publications. A senior reporter at Reuters, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.


Anchoring himself in exhaustive research, David K. Randall enshrines this paradigmatic American story in a compelling narrative that at once explores the power and the limits of the Southern California dream.--Kevin Starr, University of Southern California
David Randall has unearthed a rowdy origin story for Malibu, vividly proving that movie stars weren't the first people to bring drama to that fabled stretch of coastline. This thrilling book shows that before Barbie and surfers showed up, the beach was a battleground.--Monte Reel, author of Between Man and Beast
The King and Queen of Malibu is an irresistible and compelling tale of a strong-willed and fabulously wealthy woman who sought to keep the beaches and mountains of Malibu as her private enclave.--Meryl Gordon, author of Mrs. Astor Regrets