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Les Standiford


Les Standiford

Les Standiford is the author of the bestselling LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean, WATER TO THE ANGELS: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles, and MEET YOU IN HELL: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America, among many other works of fiction and nonfiction. He lives with his wife, Kimberly, in Florida.

Les Standiford

Books by Les Standiford

by Les Standiford - History, Nonfiction

Looking at the island of Palm Beach today, with its unmatched mansions, tony shops and pristine beaches, one is hard pressed to visualize the dense tangle of Palmetto brush and mangroves that it was when visionary entrepreneur and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler first arrived there in April 1893. Within less than a year, he had built the Royal Poinciana Hotel, and two years later what was to become the legendary Breakers. Over the next 125 years, Palm Beach has become synonymous with exclusivity --- especially its most famous residence, “Mar-a-Lago.” PALM BEACH, MAR-A-LAGO, AND THE RISE OF AMERICA’S XANADU tells the history of this fabled landscape intertwined with the colorful lives of its famous protagonists.

by Les Standiford - Biography, History, Literary Criticism, Nonfiction

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A CHRISTMAS CAROL himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist. The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

by Les Standiford - History, Nonfiction

In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland conceived and built one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 223 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Los Angeles --- allowing this small desert city to grow into a modern global metropolis. Les Standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, $23 million project that would transform a region, a state and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century.

by Les Standiford - Nonfiction, Political Thriller, Thriller

More than 200 years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided it was time to take action.

Les Standiford, with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews - Nonfiction, True Crime

Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children. His 1981 abduction and murder --- unsolved for over a quarter of a century --- forever changed America.