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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 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Rating (44 reviews):
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    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.

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    0 5/5 CJRH12 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash - Calendula - 19 oz (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

    Good stuff

    0 5/5 BubblyZ - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash - Calendula - 19 oz (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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