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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 (360 reviews):
    (3.0/5)
    Little, Brown and Company

    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

    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

    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
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  • California Baby

    California Baby Calendula Cream (4oz)

    Health and Beauty (California Baby)

    Rating (404 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    California Baby

    Don't use the new formulated cream

    0 1/5 Avid Reader - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Calendula Cream (4oz) (Health and Beauty) We have been using this cream since my daughter was born years ago. It worked great on her. But she started to complain burning last year whenever we put it on her. We didn't believe her at first because she was always difficult with lotion and soap. When she screamed in tears for 10 minutes, we started to suspect she somehow had developed allergy to the lotion. We washed the cream off her hands and put Kiss my face honey calendula on her instead. She stopped crying immediately. It never occurred to us that the cream was the culprit. Our another child continued using it until we saw blisters popping out in front of our eyes after one application. After reading reviews, we now know the cream has been reformulated. I can't believe we have been harming our kids for so long just because of our blind trust of California Baby 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 30, 2014

    REFORMULATED!!!!

    Reformulation on California Baby Calendula Cream Be Aware: In the old formulation, water and calendula were the first two ingredients -- the new formula Calendula is the 8TH INGREDIENT - water, caprylic capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerin USP, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, canola oil and FINALLY Calendula! This formulation is much cheaper for the company and yet they still charge an avg. of $5 an ounce!! I'm pretty outraged -- if you use California Baby please let them know how you feel about this change in formulation and look to make sure the products YOU use haven't also been reformulated. ---- Please note that my son who has severe eczema used to have NO skin reaction to the old formula and now he has pain on application and redness in his skin for up to an hour after it's applied.I also want to note that it wasn't until my son started reacting to it that I even compared the labels --- no notification of reformulation on the new... 1/5 A. Redmer "SafeatHome" (Virginia Beach, VA) - See all my reviews, December 3, 2011

    OUCH! STAY AWAY FROM NEW FORMULA!

    0 1/5 glamourmom - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Calendula Cream, 2 oz (Health and Beauty) Stay away from the new formula (the new formula is in the new package with a sunface on the front towards the bottom). At first Cal Baby denied changing the formula, but recently they came out and admitted to reformulating. Sadly, this one time miracle-worker burns my family's skin leaving me looking for another brand. Stay away from this one parents! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 23, 2012
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    Gentle and soothing

    Aromatherapy cream for face and body

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  • California Republic Men's T-Shirt - (Bandana Bear) - Medium

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    best-selling souvenir-makes a great gift
    proudly made in USA
    good quality fabric with extraordinary colors
    quality, durability, comfortable
    high definition screenprint


  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet California's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

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  • Quidsi

    California Baby Bug Repellant Spray, 6.5 Ounce

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    Vegetable and plant based ingredients
    Smells nice and have natural citronella candle scent
    6.5 ounce spray
    Non-toxic ,non-chemical, non-invasive and non-irritating
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  • California Baby

    California Baby Natural Bug Blend (travel)

    Baby Product (California Baby)

    Rating (86 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    California Baby

    Amazon Jungle Tested... and Now Approved :-)

    0 5/5 Amazon Customer "JD" (San Antonio, TX) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) Simply put, I went deep into the Amazon Jungle of Peru... and this product worked. Hooray! I remained itch... and Malaria free. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 16, 2014

    Works well and smells nice

    0 5/5 KayJay - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I like it that this is a safe product for my 2-year-old. It has a nice, fresh smell. The only down side is that you have to remember to reapply after a few hours. Maybe that's the case with all products, but is kind of pain with a squirmy toddler. I'd still rather use this than a highly effective spray with lots of chemicals. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 24, 2013

    perfect size

    0 5/5 G. Demetrio Garrido Melgar (Mexico) - See all my reviews, August 19, 2013
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    Natural Bug Blend is the natural alternative to toxic bug repellents that often contain harsh chemicals such as Deet


  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet California (Travel Guide)

    Book (Lonely Planet)

    Rating (31 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Lonely Planet

    California is not a real lonely planet place, though book is a fine travel volume

    I have been to California several times, and would like to go back and explore more of the state. I am only a bit familiar with the Lonely Planet organization. I get the impression from looking at the web site as well as this book, is that the organization wants to appeal to people who are young e.g. backpackers or those that own an old vW van, or those who once were that way or of that mindset. This is fine, however an example of this mindset is that there is no mention that I could find in this book of the Ronald Reagan Museum which houses Air Force One and part of the Berlin Wall and many other historical artifacts. My own view is that this omission is noticeable.The book has a nice organization to it, and with each section it begins with "Why go?" to that part of the state, and "When to go." There are also suggestions of different road trips that one can choose from and this is very useful. I would also like to see more coverage at least of some of the... 4/5 promethian man "atlantis reviews" (Naples, FL United States) - See all my reviews, March 14, 2015

    A good first go to reference

    For someone like myself, a Midwesterner who has only visited California twice for brief trips in the 1990's right out of college- I found this book to be reasonably helpful. California is a large state and it is hard to know where to begin. The book starts with possible itineraries, and helpful ideas based around what your interests are, and then touches on each of the regions to better hone in on where you might want to spend your vacation if you don't have an unlimited amount of time.I felt like this was a good first book to pick up to get your feet wet, but this can't be the stopping point for me I'm afraid. I don't think I would be able to use this and this alone to plan a vacation and feel confident that I was getting the "best" deal or that I was being offered a list of all there was to do out there. Quite honestly, a book can only do so much, and the book does point to various internet resources... and I would make full use of those.Where... 3/5 Jana Taylor (Iowa, USA) - See all my reviews, April 3, 2015

    Good overview; information on big cities sorely lacking

    This Lonely Planet guide is a text heavy book -- it's not loaded with many photos or maps (only some quick stuff in the beginning). So if you're looking for a pictorial guide of California -- it's not your book. Nonetheless, I live in Northern California, and this is certainly quite a guidebook for the state; nearly 800 pages. The book is separated by area, and then lists all the major attractions, hotels, and restaurants in such area. It has general info sections on climate, transportation, history, etc. and then the following areas:North Coast & RedwoodsNorthern MountainsNapa & Sonoma Wine CountryGold CountryLake TahoeSan FranciscoMarin County & the Bay AreaYosemite & The Sierra NevadaSacramento & Central ValleyCentral CoastSanta Barbara CountyPalm Springs & The DesertsDisneyland & Orange CountyLos AngelesSan Diego & AroundThere's plenty of detail about the state and national... 4/5 Michael Smith (Palo Alto, CA USA) - See all my reviews, March 29, 2015
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  • Weleda

    California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce

    Health and Beauty (Weleda)

    Rating (102 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Weleda

    Great body wash for baby

    0 5/5 CJRH12 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce (Health and Beauty) I love this as a body wash. The scent is nice and it leaves my baby's skin soft and smelling lovely. It has a nice foaming effect too...my baby loves to play with the bubbles.However, my only complaint is I don't use it as a shampoo because it tends to dry my baby's hair out. She needs conditioning shampoo anyway and so this shampoo leaves her too dry. It might work well for other babies as a shampoo, depending on their hair type. My baby is caucasian with typical caucasian hair, but she has a little wave to her hair, so that might be the difference as to why this product doesn't work well for her particular hair.I still use this as her body wash and will continue to do so. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 10, 2013

    I will recommend the sensitive version instead

    0 3/5 Dan - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce (Health and Beauty) I used it for my boy's daily shower. I noticed his skin gets dry and in some cases, he develop rashes.I will recommend the sensitive version instead.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VARN3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002VARN3O&linkCode=as2&tag=nealo10a-20 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 5, 2014

    Good stuff

    0 5/5 BubblyZ - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce (Health and Beauty) We have been using this since the birth of our daughter. It smells good and is gentle on the skin. She is two and a half now and we are still using this. The product is expensive compare to some, but it does last a long time. It's definitely worth the money. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 25, 2013
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    Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and protected from drying out
    Formulated with the mildest organic and natural plant-based cleansers
    Perfect balance of cleansing moisture and the kindest care


  • WILDFLAGS

    California State Flag 3 x 5 NEW CA REPUBLIC Banner

    Lawn & Patio (WILDFLAGS)

    Rating (322 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    WILDFLAGS

    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

    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

    Good buy

    0 5/5 D. Escamilla (Cally) - See all my reviews, October 30, 2008
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    Made in China
    3ft x 5ft California Flag - Printed Polyester
    Lightweight polyester, flies in low wind
    With Brass grommets and strong header


  • Totally Bamboo

    Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, California State

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    Board made of Moso Bamboo, harvested at the optimum age of 5 years
    Wash by hand with warm water; occasionally use Totally Bamboo's revitalizing oil to extend life and beauty of board
    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
    California shaped bamboo cutting and serving board, measures 14.25 x 11-inch


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