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Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915
     

Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915

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by Kevin Starr, Starr
 

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Written by a native San Franciscan who combines a moving and expressive style with the objective eye of the scholar, Professor Starr's chronicle will appeal to all those who relish American history set forth in vivid detail and enriched with insight.

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Written by a native San Franciscan who combines a moving and expressive style with the objective eye of the scholar, Professor Starr's chronicle will appeal to all those who relish American history set forth in vivid detail and enriched with insight.

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"Highly readable...The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging...A fine performance."--Pacific Historical Review

"[Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history."--American Historical Review

"One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study."--The New York Times Book Review

"A very important book."--Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach

"Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society."--Los Angeles Times

"A vivid portrayal of the rich and varied intellectual forces which helped shape one of our most distinctive regional cultures."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"An exceptional work, both in thought and magnitude...Both scholars and laymen will find this volume a worthwhile addition to their libraries."--History: Reviews of New Books

"A highly original inquiry into the interplay of vision and event.'"--Virginia Quarterly Review

"A captivating narrative that documents the importance of myth and imagination in attracting Americans to California before World War I."--R.H. Limbaugh, University of the Pacific

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195042337
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1986
Series:
Americans and the California Dream Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
409,255
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.22(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

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Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a history. It is about some of the people who lived during these times and their philosophy. For instance, Starr completely leaves out the development of the trans continental railroad. Starr's style makes this a hard read.