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!Download E-pub ì California: A History ô 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 uniqueArguing 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 dayThe discovery of gold in Januarychanged 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 ofthe 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 aerospaceKevin 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 From the Hardcover edition This a book I ve been meaning to read for some time but non fiction is always a hard sell in terms of getting me to actually pick it up Generally, I prefer to listen to this type of thing as an audiobook Given the topic, I decided to take it on my recent cross country drive, which started with an eight hour drive through the state I have to say I was a little disappointed If you don t know Kevin Starr, he is a historian who produced a seven book chronological series about Americans and the C This a book I ve been meaning to read for some time but non fiction is always a hard sell in terms of getting me to actually pick it up Generally, I prefer to listen to this type of thing as an audiobook Given the topic, I decided to take it on my recent cross country drive, which started with an eight hour drive through the state I have to say I was a little disappointed If you don t know Kevin Starr, he is a historian who produced a seven book chronological series about Americans and the California Dream, so I thought this one volume book would be a condensed narrative of that Instead, it was farencyclopedic than I thought it would be, yet with very patchy coverage of important places and events and, while there was lots of detail on some subjects, nothing really tied the various elements into an overarching thematic narrative It is also overly focused on elites and the Bay Area I live in San Francisco and love it, but do I really want a book trying to cover all of California history in only 400 pages to endlessly wax rhapsodic about the architectural plans for Stanford University over discussing Mulholland and water delivery to Los Angeles No I do not I think I should probably delve into the longer series and see if maybe this skewed presentation is simply a result of trying to cover so much in so few pages But, if they are as dry as this volume, I m not sure how far I ll get Returning to my home state after a 12 year exile, I realized the last time I d studied California history was in the fourth grade Kevin Starr s slim volume was just what I needed to catch myself up 344 pages is by no means enough for a truly comprehensive history, but Starr deftly surveys the development of the state from Native American enclave and figure of Spanish legend into the behemoth it is today, while simultaneously tracing the artistic, scientific, political and social threads that m Returning to my home state after a 12 year exile, I realized the last time I d studied California history was in the fourth grade Kevin Starr s slim volume was just what I needed to catch myself up 344 pages is by no means enough for a truly comprehensive history, but Starr deftly surveys the development of the state from Native American enclave and figure of Spanish legend into the behemoth it is today, while simultaneously tracing the artistic, scientific, political and social threads that make the tapestry of California culture It s a great primer for those with casual interest, and a great jumping off point for those interested in adetailed study of the subject through his or others other works A little dry Filled with lists of people artists, politicians, etc I need ainteresting history of CA to read. In the notes of this book, Kevin Starr comments on his initial hesitation about how successful a one volume history of the state of California could be After reading California A History, I think his first inclination was correct There s a lot to say about California s colourful history, and I m really not sure that this slight 300 page book does it justice.It s not a bad book But it s also not, all told, a book I got much out of.