Books

Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles

The story of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster that took the lives of more than 400 people and ending the celebrated career of William Mulholland, the man who build the 1913 aqueduct that made modern Los Angeles possible. A 2016 Amazon Nonfiction Book of the Year and winner of the Historical Society of Southern California's Martin Ridge Award for the Best Book about California History after 1848. Floodpath has been optioned for a television mini-series by Joel Silver Productions.

 

Los Angeles: A Pictorial Celebration

It’s all here, captured in this visual tribute, shot by award-winning photographer Elan Penn and written by authors and documentary filmmakers Nancy and Jon Wilkman. 

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Picturing Los Angeles

Picturing Los Angeles illustrates the creation, evolution, and ever-changing face of Los Angeles. Through stunning photography, the city's intriguing, important, and unexpectedly influential past is revealed with images that offer a glimpse into the sports, politics, industry, social change, crime, disasters, arts, and everyday life, decade by decade, during the city's history.

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Screening Reality: How Real World Moviemakers Reimagined America

A new book about the history of American nonfiction filmmaking, from Thomas Edison to the "Post Truth" era of President Donald Trump, and the yet-to-be-explored realm of virtual reality.  To be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2018.

 
* All programs produced, directed and written by Jon Wilkman unless otherwise indicated.