Southern California: an Island on the Land
Widely recognized as the best non-fiction book written about Southern California for the period 1920s through the 1940s.
Southern California: An Island on the Land is packed with fascinating material on the region and its galaxy of personalities--from Helen Hunt Jackson to Aimee Semple McPherson, from Huntington the financier to Hatfield the rainmaker.
Carey McWilliams provides insights into many subjects, ranging from the origins of Hollywood to the flowering of International Style architecture in Los Angeles.
This book was originally published in 1946. This reprint edition has been continuously in print from Gibbs Smith, Publisher since 1973.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DavidRainey - LibraryThing
Loved this book. It takes you back to before urban sprawl, when there were still orange groves in the area. It's quite a shock when you compare the author's So. California to what it is today. Read full review
Review: Southern California: An Island on the LandUser Review - Steven - Goodreads
Excellent story of Southern California from the mission days to the 1940s, entertaining and informative. Carey McWilliams was a major participant in that history from the 1920s on, perhaps best known for his role in the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial. A must-read. Read full review