By Eric John Abrahamson
As a sun-tanned yachtsman and a cigar-smoking financier, the Omaha-born Ahmanson was once either detailed and consultant of the various enterprise leaders of his period. He didn't regulate an enormous infrastructure like a railroad or an electric application. Nor did he construct his wealth via pulling the monetary levers that made attainable those nice company endeavors. as a substitute, he made a fortune through permitting the middle-class American dream. together with his nice wealth, he contributed considerably to the growth of the cultural associations in L.A. As we fight to appreciate the present mortgage-led monetary drawback, Ahmanson’s lifestyles bargains strong insights into an period while the common wish of homeownership used to be simply commencing to take shape.
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