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James HoustonTroubling and illuminating makes a fresh and startling impact, thanks to the skillful and complementary blending of prose and pictures. In photo after photo, Dawson's unflinching eye requires us to look again at the world we inhabit. . . . Gray Brechin's text is full of pictures, too. His writing is supple and admirably concise, combining factual knowledge with vivid imagery. The book's final chapter is devoted to stories of inspirational resistance, paying tribute to groups and individuals who have worked to protect or restore various chunks of this state--from the Nature Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to the UrbanGarden League and the Mothers of East L.A. . . . Their book is both an indictment and an eloquent plea, reminding us that this legendary region is not a cornucopia of limitless reserves but a bountifully endowed place with very specific limits that have to be acknowledged, honored and attended to.
— San Francisco Chronicle