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370 pages

California, a history

Creator: Kevin Starr | History - 2005

A definitive, single-volume history of the Golden State ranges from the earliest Native American cultures, through the Spanish and Mexican eras, the Gold Rush, and rise of Hollywood, to the twenty-first century, chronicling the events, ...

Publisher: Random House, Inc.

About this book
California has always been our Shangri-la–the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State’s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially American and utterly unique.Arguing that America’s most populous state has always been blessed with both spectacular natural beauty and astonishing human diversity, Starr unfolds a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph. For generations, California’s native peoples basked in the abundance of a climate and topography eminently suited to human habitation. By the time the Spanish arrived in the early sixteenth century, there were scores of autonomous tribes were thriving in the region. Though conquest was rapid, nearly two centuries passed before Spain exerted control over upper California through the chain of missions that stand to this day.The discovery of gold in January 1848 changed everything. With population increasing exponentially as get-rich-quick dreamers converged from all over the world, California reinvented itself overnight. Starr deftly traces the successive waves of innovation and calamity that have broken over the state since then–the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons and the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world’s entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the heroic irrigation and transportation projects that have altered the face of the region; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace.Kevin Starr has devoted his career to the history of his beloved state, but he has never lost his sense of wonder over California’s sheer abundance and peerless variety. This one-volume distillation of a lifetime’s work gathers together everything that is most important, most fascinating, and most revealing about our greatest state.



328 pages

California, America's high-stakes experiment

Creator: Peter Schrag | Political Science - 2006-04-20

This is an incisive, pointed analysis of the current shape and texture of California and what it means for our national agenda. "Once again, Peter Schrag asserts himself as a perceptive and courageous commentator.

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

About this book
Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of California's economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of California's economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage



84 pages

California

Creator: Kathy Pelta | History - 2001-12

Introduces the geography, history, people, industries, and environmental concerns of the Golden State.

Publisher: Lerner Pub Group

About this book
The completely revised and expanded Hello U.S.A. series takes you on a tour of the history, geography, people, economy, and environment of 25 states and Puerto Rico (with 26 additional books to be released by September 2002). Colorful photos, easy-to-read text, and fascinating sidebars provide the facts you need for research, reports, or even a cross-country trip.-- Completely up-to-date text and statistics, including 2000 U.S. census figures-- New maps, charts, and graphs-- New lists of related books and websites-- Expanded places to visit section-- State wildlife, state song, and recipe


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California Home Page
Official site. Government page links to state laws, elected officials, agencies and departments, and sites for cities and counties in the state.

CALIFORNIA | Visit California
This densely populated Southern California region has surprising alpine getaways, like Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead, in the impressive San Bernardino Range.

California Tourism: Best of California - TripAdvisor
California Tourism: TripAdvisor has 4,542,427 reviews of California Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best California resource.

California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The word California originally referred to the entire region composed of the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico, the current U.S. states of California ...

California - Lonely Planet
From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in Southern California, this Golden State alongside the Pacific is a ...


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  • Back Bay Books

    California: A Novel

    Book (Back Bay Books)

    Rating (413 reviews):
    (3.0/5)
    Back Bay Books

    Reads like a first draft

    I wanted to root for Edan Lepucki, I really did. In fact it’s taken me a while to write this because I always try to be supportive of debut female authors, but I just don’t feel like this book is getting the reviews that it deserves. In fact, I have to wonder if Colbert even read this book before he gave it the endorsement that changed the author’s course for the rest of her life. Without exaggeration, this is one of the most poorly written books I have read in over five years. The entire first half takes place in flashbacks—leaving one to wonder if the book was edited at all. The book’s main characters are tepid and boring, completely lacking the fighting instinct that would allow them to survive this kind of setting, and also transform them from one-dimensional characters into actual human beings whose struggles supersede the page. Nothing happens in this novel. Nothing. The entire first half is dedicated to a married couple who make up for... 1/5 Elderfish - See all my reviews This review is from: California: A Novel (Hardcover) I wanted to root for Edan Lepucki, I really did. In fact it’s taken me a while to write this because I always try to be supportive of debut female authors, but I just don’t feel like this book is getting the reviews that it deserves. In fact, I have to wonder if Colbert even read this book before he gave it the endorsement that changed the author’s course for the rest of her life. Without exaggeration, this is one of the most poorly written books I have read in over five years. The entire first half takes place in flashbacks—leaving one to wonder if the book was edited at all. The book’s main characters are tepid and boring, completely lacking the fighting instinct that would allow them to survive this kind of setting, and also transform them from one-dimensional characters into actual human beings whose struggles supersede the page. Nothing happens in this novel. Nothing. The entire first half is dedicated to a married couple who make up for... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 24, 2014

    Overrated

    This dystopian story follows married couple Cal and Frida in the middle of the 21st century, who left LA following a slow and steady apocalypse, as the country was running out of food, supplies, and supportable habitation. The Internet dried up, and the scramble to peaceably and comfortably exist was running on empty. Although it doesn't state definitively what occurred, it is evident that climactic conditions and carbon footprints were involved."...LA's chewed-up streets or its shuttered stores or its sagging houses. All those dead lawns...people starving on the sidewalks...the city wasn't just sick, it was dying."Cal and Frida live in a remote landscape in solitude, until they find one family a bit further away. But, when Frida determines that she is pregnant, they decide to venture out into a more established community that they learn about from their new friends. Having to rely on each other for all their emotional needs can be dicey; periodically, the... 3/5 "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn (Austin, Texas) - See all my reviews, July 8, 2014

    Truly Awful

    This was a great concept, poorly executed. Fleeing Los Angeles, a yuppie couple settles into an abandoned cabin in the woods in a "living off the land," cell phone free, technology free, post meltdown world. Unfortunately, the book simply does not hang together - when the couple meets some neighbors, it appears they will have fellow drop outs to befriend. In a bizarre plot turn, the couple are once again alone, except for a trader on horseback who comes through monthly to sell or bargain for provisions.In a desperate state, since they have zero survival skills, the couple decide to follow the trader, suspecting his destination is a place rumored to be a fenced in, self imposed prison-like compound which has food and some sort of social structure. Once inside the compound, this book runs off the rails by inserting one of the silliest plot devices imaginable. This book reads like a hastily written television movie for a cable channel as the "compound" is essentially a... 1/5 Drwo - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California: A Novel (Kindle Edition) This was a great concept, poorly executed. Fleeing Los Angeles, a yuppie couple settles into an abandoned cabin in the woods in a "living off the land," cell phone free, technology free, post meltdown world. Unfortunately, the book simply does not hang together - when the couple meets some neighbors, it appears they will have fellow drop outs to befriend. In a bizarre plot turn, the couple are once again alone, except for a trader on horseback who comes through monthly to sell or bargain for provisions.In a desperate state, since they have zero survival skills, the couple decide to follow the trader, suspecting his destination is a place rumored to be a fenced in, self imposed prison-like compound which has food and some sort of social structure. Once inside the compound, this book runs off the rails by inserting one of the silliest plot devices imaginable. This book reads like a hastily written television movie for a cable channel as the "compound" is essentially a... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 17, 2014
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  • California Baby

    California Baby Calendula Cream (4oz)

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    Gentle and soothing

    Essential oil cream for face and body

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  • California Republic Straight Outta Cali Men's T-Shirt (Large) - Black

    Apparel

    Rating (6 reviews):
    (5.0/5)

    Regular t-shirt with nice print

    0 5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Republic Straight Outta Cali Men's T-Shirt (Apparel) Pretty much a standard t-shirt with respect to quality and fit. Quality print. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 2, 2016

    Great shirt

    0 5/5 Racheal - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Republic Straight Outta Cali Men's T-Shirt (Apparel) I got for my boyfriend for our anniversary and he loves it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 4, 2016

    Five Stars

    0 5/5 Tamela - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Republic Straight Outta Cali Men's T-Shirt (Apparel) Great shirt, my boyfriend loved it! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 29, 2015
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  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet California's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

    Book (Lonely Planet)

    Rating (55 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Lonely Planet

    Touches all of the bases, and also discloses many destinations that I'd not known of until now

    CALIFORNIA'S BEST TRIPS, published by LONELY PLANET, and authored by Benson, Cavalieri, and Kohn, is a 383 page guidebook printed on good quality non-glossy paper. At least every other page has a full-page color photo, quarter page color photo, or color map. The book has 35 chapters within the following three sections. The three sections are color-coded in green tabs and graphics (northern California), red (central California), and blue (southern California). Each of the chapters has one or two pages on motels and restaurants. But the emphasis in this attractive book is on the natural landscape. Accordingly, this book is almost like a biography of my life, since I have visited most of the places described, e.g., 50 trips to Point Reyes; ten trips to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley; 8 trips to Yosemite; 18 trips to Joshua Tree National Park; six trips to Death Valley; one trip to Mono Lake; two trips to Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta; about ten trips to the town of Jenner and up to... 5/5 Tom Brody (Berkeley, CA) - See all my reviews, March 2, 2013

    An excellent supplement to other guide books - but not a standalone

    Despite my review title, I would recommend this book... but only as a supplement to other guide books / internet sources. If I had a RV and were tooling around the Golden State, I'd have this in the glove compartment and use it to answer the "Honey, where are we going and what are we doing today?" I don't have a RV but that's what I imagine people in RV's saying. These are road trips, not in depth guides to areas, so by the very nature of this book it scratches the surface of each area as you drive through... a few restaurants, a few places to sleep, some interesting tidbits, and LOTS of color pictures. I mean LOTS. All printed on non glossy paper.I plan to put this in our guest room so guests to the Bay Area can use it to explore our gorgeous surroundings... and I plan to use it myself as I think of a few road trips in my California Dreamin'.Overall a great supplement to other guides if your main interest is being on the open road and exploring our great... 4/5 Goldengate (San Francisco, where else?) - See all my reviews, April 5, 2013

    OK, but someone limited.

    0 3/5 Kristin Belko (Jackson, Wyoming) - See all my reviews, December 1, 2013
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  • Weleda

    California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce

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    Formulated with the mildest organic and natural plant-based cleansers
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    Perfect balance of cleansing moisture and the kindest care


  • Totally Bamboo

    Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, California State

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    California shaped bamboo cutting and serving board, measures 14.25 x 11-inch
    Can be used as a cutting or bar board, cheese tray or simply a conversation piece; to hang on wall use rustic hanging loop
    State cutting boards are ideal for both indoor and outdoor entertaining; boards make a great gift for anyone loyal to their homeland
    Wash by hand with warm water; occasionally use Totally Bamboo's revitalizing oil to extend life and beauty of board
    Board made of Moso Bamboo, harvested at the optimum age of 5 years


  • Fifi

    California State Flag 3 x 5 NEW CA REPUBLIC Banner

    Lawn & Patio (Fifi)

    Rating (428 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Fifi

    Worth the Price, but just one thing...

    0 5/5 R. Delacruz - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California State Flag 3 x 5 NEW CA REPUBLIC Banner (Lawn & Patio) This flag is a really nice looking one. The colors are vibrant and look good. As another person reviewed, the detailing in the bear is really well done. Just one thing to note, this is not a double sided flag. It is printed on the polyester on one side and is visible on the other side, meaning you will see "California Republic" backwards on the other side. Luckily I bought this to hang on my dorm room wall, so the other side doesn't really matter to me, although it may matter to you.In all, a well priced, good looking flag, which is great for hanging on a wall somewhere, or flown outside so long as nobody looks at it too closely. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 22, 2011

    NCR Flag

    0 5/5 Hailie Schuyten - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California State Flag 3 x 5 NEW CA REPUBLIC Banner (Lawn & Patio) Good quality flag. A little see through but that's okay. I bought two to make a NCR flag. Shipping was very fast. 0, June 15, 2015

    Nice flag

    0 5/5 Ace (Los Angeles,Ca) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California State Flag 3 x 5 NEW CA REPUBLIC Banner (Lawn & Patio) This is a really nice California flag the material is a thin material but thats ok for my use. The flag has more detail on the bear than others. Promptly delivered. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 16, 2008
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    3ft x 5ft California Flag - Printed Polyester
    Lightweight polyester, flies in low wind
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    Made in China


  • Modern Library

    California: A History (Modern Library Chronicles)

    Book (Modern Library)

    Rating (84 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Modern Library

    A quick .. too quick .. a read

    0 3/5 James V. Sylvester (Austin, TX) - See all my reviews, June 26, 2007

    Missing history

    0 1/5 Peter J. Brennan (Southern California) - See all my reviews, May 27, 2009

    Very big let down

    0 1/5 Palisades Reader (Pacific Palisades,, CA USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: California: A History (Hardcover) As a student of California history, I was looking forward to Starr's condensed account of the state's history. After all, he has written many books on various eras of California and there was every reason to rejoice over a shorter book to learn more. However, I was very disappointed in this error-prone, often dry and shallow account of our history. While it is a fast read and some of the facts were interesting (like how California got its name), Starr tends to write some of the more uninteresting history of his beloved and favored San Francisco and glosses over some of the more important history of Southern California, one of the largest metropolises on the planet. While I haven't read all of the books on California history, I would not recommend this one as the defining one for those who want to learn more about the Golden state. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 18, 2006
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  • California Baby

    California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash - 8.5 oz

    Health and Beauty (California Baby)

    Rating (108 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    California Baby

    CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOUR BABY/CHILD

    I didn't know much about baby products when I first had my son. My son had really bad eczma as an infant and I tried a huge variety of products- trying to find something that worked. I finally stumbled on California Baby's Calendula Cream (which I highly recommend getting as well!) which cleared up his eczema in just a day or two! I also use it for his diaper area, and have not had a diaper rash problem since. Then one day he started having a scalp problem, and I found the California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash. The problem went away immediately after starting to use the product! I now only buy California Baby products for my son. I use their creams, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen. Please use only natural products on your child as well! Check to see a product's potential harm on cosmeticdatabase.com. I also use a lot of California Baby products on myself because it is not limited to only babies and children. I highly recommend this product and other California Baby... 5/5 Proud mom in WA - See all my reviews I didn't know much about baby products when I first had my son. My son had really bad eczma as an infant and I tried a huge variety of products- trying to find something that worked. I finally stumbled on California Baby's Calendula Cream (which I highly recommend getting as well!) which cleared up his eczema in just a day or two! I also use it for his diaper area, and have not had a diaper rash problem since. Then one day he started having a scalp problem, and I found the California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash. The problem went away immediately after starting to use the product! I now only buy California Baby products for my son. I use their creams, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen. Please use only natural products on your child as well! Check to see a product's potential harm on cosmeticdatabase.com. I also use a lot of California Baby products on myself because it is not limited to only babies and children. I highly recommend this product and other California Baby... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 23, 2010

    Great for Whole Family!

    My husband, myself, and my six month old all use this as our daily shampoo, face wash (except the baby), and body wash. We all have very sensitive skin. None of us get irritated skin from any California Baby product.ProsI used to get occasional break outs, but not anymore. (I also use the Diaper Area Wash as a toner and the Super Sensitive Lotion as my moisturizer).It keeps our skin soft.My daughter no longer gets baby acne (diagnosed by her NP) on her scalp.ConsI don't much care for the smell, but it works so well that I don't let it bother me.Update:There are several things I forgot to mention about this product:-It DOES lather (as do their bubble baths and other shampoos)! Just make sure your child's hair (or yours) is completely wet all the way through, get your hands slightly damp, and lather IN YOUR HANDS before putting it on your child's (or your own) scalp. This works great for... 5/5 Morgannin (Spokane, WA) - See all my reviews My husband, myself, and my six month old all use this as our daily shampoo, face wash (except the baby), and body wash. We all have very sensitive skin. None of us get irritated skin from any California Baby product.ProsI used to get occasional break outs, but not anymore. (I also use the Diaper Area Wash as a toner and the Super Sensitive Lotion as my moisturizer).It keeps our skin soft.My daughter no longer gets baby acne (diagnosed by her NP) on her scalp.ConsI don't much care for the smell, but it works so well that I don't let it bother me.Update:There are several things I forgot to mention about this product:-It DOES lather (as do their bubble baths and other shampoos)! Just make sure your child's hair (or yours) is completely wet all the way through, get your hands slightly damp, and lather IN YOUR HANDS before putting it on your child's (or your own) scalp. This works great for... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 12, 2012

    good for dry skin or eczema

    0 5/5 addisonsmom - See all my reviews Use this for my dd that has super dry skin & eczema. Doesn't dry out her sensitive skin! Not the best on her scalp for the cradle cap, but won't make it worse either. Definitely would try if you are looking for something for dry or sensitive skin. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 4, 2011
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