|Margaret Leslie Davis is the author of two acclaimed biographies of important
American empire builders. Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the
Inventing of Los Angeles published by HarperCollins, was the winner of the
Golden Spur Award for Best Non-Fiction Book by the Western Writers of America. Newsweek Magazine described it as "fascinating history." Publishers Weekly
called it an "arresting biography" that made for "gripping reading."
Dark Side of Fortune: Triumph and Scandal in the Life of Oil Tycoon Edward Doheny, published by California Press details the spectacular rise of one of America's richest men and his tragic role as a principal figure in the Teapot Dome scandal. "Davis calls upon her legal acumen and story telling ability to craft a spell-binding account of Doheny," wrote Foreword Magazine. The Washington Post's Lou Cannon has said the work is "a brilliant and superbly researched biography of the tarnished oil tycoon, Edward Doheny, whose importance ranks with Rockefeller and Carnegie." The book is a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Davis's work has been featured on ABC's Good Morning America and excerpted in Vanity Fair Magazine. The author has appeared on C-Span Book TV, the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" as well as documentaries seen on the Discovery Channel and A&E's biography. The author has appeared on numerous television and radio programs nationwide and she is a frequent speaker and lecturer. She is a California lawyer and graduate of Georgetown University. She lives in Los Angeles.