The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties

In Los Angeles in the 1920s, C.C. Julian and the Julian Petroleum Corporation were household words, and the Julian Pete swindle ranked with Teapot Dome as one of the great scandals of the era. It symbolized not merely what FDR would call "a decade of debauchery of group selfishness, " but the failed hopes and dreams of the great boom of the 1920s. Indeed, no single story captures the essence of that decade in America - its boosterism and rampant speculation, its entrepreneurial mania for mergers, its overlap of business and ...

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