West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State

West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State

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by Mark Arax
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586483900

ISBN-13: 9781586483906

Pub. Date: 04/13/2009

Publisher: PublicAffairs

In this book, Mark Arax spends four years travelling up and down the Golden State to explore its singular place in the world. This is California beyond the cliches. This is California as only a native son, deep in the dust, could draw it.  See more details below

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In this book, Mark Arax spends four years travelling up and down the Golden State to explore its singular place in the world. This is California beyond the cliches. This is California as only a native son, deep in the dust, could draw it.

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ISBN-13:
9781586483906
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
04/13/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Last Valley 1

Ch. 2 The Agent 45

Ch. 3 Eyre of the Storm 81

Ch. 4 Legend of Zankou 111

Ch. 5 The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman 143

Ch. 6 Highlands of Humboldt 177

Ch. 7 Last Okie of Lamont 215

Ch. 8 The Great Microbe Hunt 229

Ch. 9 Home Front 261

Ch. 10 Confessions of an Armenian Moonshiner 297

Ch. 11 An Epilogue 315

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West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BerkeleyBob More than 1 year ago
I have been a great fan of Mark Arax since reading his wonderful book "In My Father's Name", a non-fiction account of the murder of his father in Fresno. He also co-wrote a biography of J. G. Boswell, a rich, powerful and extremely low profile cotton grower in the San Jouquin. This book is a series of loosely connected episodes and fascinating portraits of everyone from Mendo dope growers to surviving Oakies to farmworkers. Mark understands California and the Central Valley profoundly. He operates in the same territory as Gerald Haslam, an undeservedly obscure writer. I will buy extra copies and give some away, just as I did with his book about his father's murder. (This book brings that story to something of a conclusion, but you really should read the full length book first to put the story in context.) This is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago