California

A History
Product Number: EB00162400
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307430755
Publisher: Modern Library
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"A California classic...?alifornia, it should be remembered, was very much the wild west, having to wait until 1850 before it could force its way into statehood. so what tamed it? Mr. Starr's answer is a combination of great men, great ideas and great projects."-The Economist From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, the Golden State's premier historian distills the entire sweep of California's history into one splendid volume. Kevin Starr covers it all: Spain's conquest of the native peoples of California in the early sixteenth century and the chain of missions that helped that country exert control over the upper part of the territory; the discovery of gold in January 1848; the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons; 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 role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace. In a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph, Starr gathers together everything that is most important, most fascinating, and most revealing about our greatest state. Praise for California "[A] fast-paced and wide-ranging history...?Starr] accomplishes the feat with skill, grace and verve."-Los Angeles Times Book Review "Kevin Starr is one of california's greatest historians, and California is an invaluable contribution to our state's record and lore."-MarIa ShrIver, journalist and former First Lady of California "A breeze to read."-San Francisco

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Author(s): Kevin Starr
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Dec 18, 2007

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Author(s): Kevin Starr
Narrator(s): Jonathan Davis
Genre: History
Product Number C3420
Released: Dec 19, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419356537
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Author(s): Kevin Starr
Narrator(s): Jonathan Davis
Genre: History
Product Number Z2492
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449868581

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