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By Kevin Starr

California has continuously been our Shangri-la–the promised land of numerous pilgrims looking for the yankee Dream. Now the Golden State’s ideal historian, Kevin Starr, distills the whole sweep of California’s heritage into one excellent quantity. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is often the tale of a spot instantaneously quintessentially American and totally unique.

Arguing that America’s so much populous country has consistently been blessed with either miraculous common attractiveness and miraculous human range, Starr unfolds a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, disaster, and triumph.

For generations, California’s local peoples basked within the abundance of a weather and topography eminently suited for human habitation. by the point the Spanish arrived within the early 16th century, there have been rankings of independent tribes have been thriving within the quarter. even though conquest used to be quick, approximately centuries handed sooner than Spain exerted keep an eye on over higher California throughout the chain of missions that stand to this day.

The discovery of gold in January 1848 replaced every little thing. With inhabitants expanding exponentially as get-rich-quick dreamers converged from around the globe, California reinvented itself in a single day. Starr deftly lines the successive waves of innovation and calamity that experience damaged over the country on the grounds that then–the marvelous wealth of the large 4 railroad tycoons and the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood because the world’s leisure capital and of Silicon Valley because the middle of high-tech learn and improvement; the heroic irrigation and transportation initiatives that experience altered the face of the quarter; the function of work, either prepared and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace.

Kevin Starr has dedicated his occupation to the historical past of his cherished country, yet he hasn't ever misplaced his experience of ask yourself over California’s sheer abundance and peerless kind. This one-volume distillation of a lifetime’s paintings gathers jointly every little thing that's most vital, such a lot attention-grabbing, and such a lot revealing approximately our best state.

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