of The Mirage Factory
"[Krist] expertly weaves together the stories of Griffith, Mulholland and McPherson…Krist is a nimble scene-setter, and it’s the indelible details he offers that give The Mirage Factory its mesmerizing pull.…You’ll finish [the book] entertained, informed and satisfied, as well as ready for more."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Krist is a dream-weaver…exquisite pacing and seamless shifting between the characters allow their stories to connect….I’ve read dozens of histories of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and none are as viscerally compelling or as clear in detailed descriptions of the complicated machinations as Krist’s account….Krist’s book is so good that, like the best movies, it ends up inverting the genre."
"[An] elegant and expansive study…Krist illuminates a compelling version of the city’s drawing-board years…The Mirage Factory tunnels to the roots of [L.A.’s] invention narratives, identifying the individual threads, and shows how they began to work in tandem to create a fantastic tapestry.”
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
THE WASHINGTON POST
GARY KRIST has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He is the bestselling author of the acclaimed narrative nonfiction books The Mirage Factory, Empire of Sin, City of Scoundrels, and The White Cascade.
He has also written five works of fiction. Krist has received the Stephen Crane Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Public Scholar fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Travel Journalism, and other awards.