Beverly Hills is an iconic city known throughout the world as the epitome of luxury and glamor. Published in celebration of the city's centennial, this book weaves a rich tapestry of the city's storied past, brilliant present, and shining future.
Using rare vintage snapshots and lush, newly-commissioned photographs, this book is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the heart and soul of this fabled city. The storyline covers the arrival of the many great movers and shakers of the time who had the idea for Beverly Hills but were lost until the arrival of single-mother hotelier Margaret Anderson who created and built the catalyst to the community - The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The narrative then moves the story through the building of the city, the arrival of the movie stars and on to the creation of the city as we know it today. All done in a way that gives the reader a "behind the scenes" look at the seminal events throughout the city's history.
The book was created by incorporating vintage snapshots with new color photographs to illustrate the span of 100 years, from dust-covered bean fields to celebrity mansions. In some cases direct comparisons of a location were shown through these images. The difficulty of representing all the aspects of a city—education, politics, architecture, business, and lifestyle was made easier by separating everything into relevant chapters and using the images and the rich narrative to bring the story to life.
The author was more than pleased with the results of the book. Part of the success was that Rizzoli the co-publishers, carried the book in all major bookstores. The author continues having exclusive lectures after his initial exclusive lecture and book tour.