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The King and Queen of Malibu

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/02/2016

The King and Queen of Malibu

The True Story of the Battle for Paradise

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681680200
Digital Download ISBN:9781681680217


New York Times best-selling author David K. Randall spins a remarkable tale of the American West and the desire of one couple to preserve paradise.

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Frederick and May Rindge, the unlikely couple whose love story propelled Malibu's transformation from an untamed ranch in the middle of nowhere to a paradise seeded with movie stars, are at the heart of this story of American grit and determinism. He was a Harvard-trained confidant of presidents; she was a poor Midwestern farmer's daughter raised to be suspicious of the seasons. Yet the bond between them would shape history.

The newly married couple reached Los Angeles in 1887, and within a few years Frederick, the only heir to an immense Boston fortune, became one of the wealthiest men in the state. After his sudden death in 1905, May spent the next thirty years fighting off some of the most powerful men in the country to preserve Malibu as her private kingdom. Her struggle, one of the longest over land in California history, would culminate in a landmark Supreme Court decision and lead to the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway.

The King and Queen of Malibu traces the path of one family as the country around them swept off the last vestiges of the Civil War and moved into what we would recognize as the modern age.


"This articulate, exhaustively researched account of the wealthy Rindge family and their unlikely development of the enormous rancho encompassing all of Malibu, California, is a delight! Eric Summerer is an excellent choice to narrate the work because of his clear inflections and commanding tone." —AudioFile

"Eric Summerer capably narrates this lively broad history of one of the most distinctive cities in the United States." —Library Journal Audio Review

Author Bio

David K. Randall is the New York Times best-selling author of Dreamland and a senior reporter at Reuters. A California native, he now lives outside of New York City.