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The king of California: J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire

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PublicAffairs,
Pub. Date:
[2003]
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1st ed.
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English
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J.G. Boswell is the biggest farmer in America. Over the past fifty years he has built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields." Now eighty years old, with an almost pathological bent toward privacy, Boswell has spent the past few years confiding one of the great stories of the American West to Mark Arax and Rick Wartzman. The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s, drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere. Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California. It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. DeMille to Cesar Chavez.

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subject_facetAgricultural industries -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- History -- 20th century
Biographies
Boswell family
Boswell, James Griffin
Businessmen -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- Biography
Cotton farmers -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- Biography
Cotton growing -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- History -- 20th century
Pioneers -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- Biography
San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -- Biography
San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century
title_displayThe king of California : J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire
title_fullThe king of California : J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire / Mark Arax & Rick Wartzman
title_shortThe king of California
title_subJ.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire
topic_facetAgricultural industries
Boswell family
Boswell, James Griffin
Businessmen
Cotton farmers
Cotton growing
Economic conditions
History
Pioneers