GO WEST Reading Series: Eric John Abrahamson
Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream
Date / Time:
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
The Autry in Griffith Park
Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members
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Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream is an innovative biography that weaves together three engrossing stories. It is one part corporate and industrial history, using the evolution of mortgage finance as a way to understand larger dynamics in the nation’s political economy. It is another part urban history, since the extraordinary success of the savings and loan business in Los Angeles reflects much of the cultural and economic history of Southern California. Finally, it is a personal story, a biography of one of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs of the managed economy: Howard Fieldstad Ahmanson. Eric John Abrahamson deftly connects these three strands as he chronicles Ahmanson’s rise against the background of the postwar housing boom and the growth of Los Angeles during the same period.
Eric John Abrahamson is coauthor of Anytime, Anywhere: Entrepreneurship and the Creation of a Wireless World and founder and principal of Vantage Point History, a consulting firm that focuses on history, public policy, and communications.
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