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

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[2003]
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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_facet Agricultural 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_display The king of California : J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire
title_full The king of California : J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire / Mark Arax & Rick Wartzman
title_short The king of California :
title_sub J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire
topic_facet Agricultural industries, Boswell family, Boswell, James Griffin, Businessmen, Cotton farmers, Cotton growing, Economic conditions, History, Pioneers