Coast of dreams: California on the edge, 1990-2003
In this extraordinary book, Kevin Starrwidely acknowledged as the premier historian of California, the scope of whose scholarship theAtlantic Monthlyhas called "breathtaking"probes the possible collapse of the California dream in the years 19902003. In a series of compelling chapters,Coast of Dreamsmoves through a variety of topics that show the California of the last decade, when the state was sometimes stumbling, sometimes humbled, but, more often, flourishing with its usual panache. From gang violence in Los Angeles to the spectacular riseand equally spectacular fallof Silicon Valley, from the Northridge earthquake to the recall of Governor Gray Davis, Starr ranges over myriad facts, anecdotes, news stories, personal impressions, and analyses to explore a time of unprecedented upheaval in California.Coast of Dreamsdescribes an exceptional diversity of people, cultures, and values; an economy that mirrors the economic state of the nation; a battlefield where industry and the necessities of infrastructure collide with the inherent demands of a unique and stunning natural environment. It explores California politics (including Arnold Schwarzenegger's election in the 2003 recall), the multifaceted business landscape, and controversial icons such as O. J. Simpson. "Historians of the future," Starr writes, "will be able to see with more certainty whether or not the period 1990-2003 was not only the end of one California but the beginning of another"; in the meantime, he gives a picture of the place and time in a book at once sweeping and riveting in its details, deeply informed, engagingly personal, and altogether fascinating.
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Review: Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003User Review - Terry - Goodreads
Kevin Starr is a hero of mine and I've loved all his books to date. But not Coast of Dreams, which covers the 1990s up to the 2003 recall of Gray Davis. His other books (usually covering one decade ... Read full review
Review: Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003User Review - John - Goodreads
Anyone who loves California and wants to read the best perspectives on its history needs to pickup Ken Starr. He has composed so many volumes charting the growth of the State from the pre Gold Rush ... Read full review
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