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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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  • Little, Brown and Company

    California: A Novel

    Book (Little, Brown and Company)

    Rating (127 reviews):
    (2.9/5)
    Little, Brown and Company

    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

    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

    The beginning of the end

    The best thing about Edan Lepucki's California is not just the way that the author envisions and describes the social breakdown of a near-future United States, but the fact that she makes it seem scarily inevitable. It's closer to JG Ballard then than the more fashionable Cormac McCarthy that California will inevitably and misleadingly be compared to. While it's just as good as capturing that sense of a world turned upside down by natural disaster - with some man-made assistance - and even has some of Ballard's ambiguous character types, California doesn't quite bring it all together into a conceptual whole with the same sense of deranged visionary zeal as Ballard.Only touched upon in passing, the sense of what has happened to the US is nonetheless convincingly real in the light of disasters like Hurricane Katrina. A cataclysmic earthquake, the depletion of oil reserves, a few other natural disasters and a flu epidemic following in quick succession and it's surprising... 4/5 Keris Nine - See all my reviews, July 4, 2014
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  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet California's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

    Book (Lonely Planet)

    Rating (42 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    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 "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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  • Sasquatch Books

    California

    Book (Sasquatch Books)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Sasquatch Books

    Looks for the details in nature

    The book "California" is filled with many photos of various areas in California----some of the standard or usual places like Yosemite, etc. But many are of off-the-beaten-path areas that many people would not recognize as being California. I bought the book for photos of the few places I've visited and the only short-coming I can list for this book is that I was hoping for photos of more, well-known areas or a "classic" California. The book has photos of animals and closeups of items in nature that are interesting but could have been taken anywhere. I think the author was bored with the usual and went one step further, hoping the readers would appreciate details in nature. I did appreciate the book and it was worth the money but would have enjoyed more of the beautiful, classic sites---such as, McWay falls, better variations of photos of Pt. Lobos, the outstanding views you find in the deserts instead of closeups of desert plants, etc. My comments... 4/5 Jerry Hughes - See all my reviews, March 19, 2004

    Beautiful

    0 5/5 Barbara Westlake-Kenny (ODENVILLE, AL, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California (Hardcover) This is a beautiful coffee-table style book that will make anyone with a pulse want to visit California. We are already planning another trip to this uniquely beautiful state. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 28, 2013

    Continuing an impressive cycle of photographic travelogues

    This book, along with its companions in the series, is a marvellous record of a photographically rewarding part of America.As a photographer living in the UK and most unlikely to visit this area of the world, I have found the series to be photographically inspiring as well as being educational in a most enjoyable way. However, I note that local residents or visitors to the area have found the photographs to be too selective to be completely useful as a reference work. I simply do not know enough of the area to judge the book on that basis so that assessment will need to be left to those with more specific knowledge of the area and with particular local requirements of the imaging.Art Wolfe's photography seems to have that priceless combination of technical excellence coupled with creative imagination. This turns fine photographs into fine works of art. As such, in my opinion, I would expect these books to be rewarding on a number of complementary levels for... 5/5 I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews, July 7, 2012
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  • Modern Library

    California: A History (Modern Library Chronicles)

    Book (Modern Library)

    Rating (49 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    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

    Perahps the Best Single Volume History of the State

    0 5/5 John Matlock "Gunny" (Winnemucca, NV) - See all my reviews, November 15, 2005
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  • Fodor's

    Fodor's California 2014 (Full-color Travel Guide)

    Book (Fodor's)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Fodor's

    Very comprehensive and informative guide to California

    I live in California (in the SF bay area) so I bought this book not for planning a vacation, but for use in little weekend trips and to make sure I check off everything I want to see in this vast and diverse state while I live here. For the most part, I've been really impressed by the book, although I do think there are some organization flaws and some omissions, despite the long length.I think the book is generally very well organized, going along the coast from San Diego to the Redwoods and then inland from Southern to Northern California, but it irks me that Big Sur is grouped with Santa Barbara and comes before Channel Islands National Park, which is actually south of Santa Barbara and way, way south of Big Sur. I personally would have grouped Channel Islands with Santa Barbara/Ventura and then put San Luis Opisbo and Big Sur together in the Central Coast section, but even grouping it the way they did the Channel Islands chapter is out of order. Otherwise, I think... 4/5 ahm5885 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fodor's California 2014 (Full-color Travel Guide) (Paperback) I live in California (in the SF bay area) so I bought this book not for planning a vacation, but for use in little weekend trips and to make sure I check off everything I want to see in this vast and diverse state while I live here. For the most part, I've been really impressed by the book, although I do think there are some organization flaws and some omissions, despite the long length.I think the book is generally very well organized, going along the coast from San Diego to the Redwoods and then inland from Southern to Northern California, but it irks me that Big Sur is grouped with Santa Barbara and comes before Channel Islands National Park, which is actually south of Santa Barbara and way, way south of Big Sur. I personally would have grouped Channel Islands with Santa Barbara/Ventura and then put San Luis Opisbo and Big Sur together in the Central Coast section, but even grouping it the way they did the Channel Islands chapter is out of order. Otherwise, I think... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 23, 2014

    Excellent Guide Book

    0 5/5 GlassHalfFull (Wellesley, MA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Fodor's California 2014 (Full-color Travel Guide) (Paperback) We recently took a 2-week trip from San Francisco to San Diego, and we found this book to be abundantly helpful both with planning the trip and helping us plan side trips, restaurant visits, and various outings while on the trip. It is thorough and up-to-date, and has a large index to help find exactly what you are looking for. Excellent purchase! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 2, 2014

    California, Here I come!

    0 5/5 J. P. M. Smit (The Hague, Netherlands) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2014
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  • Little, Brown and Company

    Sweetness #9: A Novel

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  • Welcome Books

    California the Beautiful

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