The Seven States of California: A Natural and Human History
In The Seven States of California, Philip Fradkin divides California into seven distinct ecological and cultural provinces - from the hot deserts and high peaks that mirror the Southwest and the Rockies to the rain forests, the farmlands that feed a nation, the Maine-like rocky coast, the sandy beaches, and the cold steppes. From each he selects one emblematic feature - a chain of dry lakes, and ocean inlet, an earthquake fault, a river - upon which to hang a series of linked stories about natural objects and human characters as dissimilar as Native Americans and ranchers, missile scientists and dam builders, movie actors and real estate developers.
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THE SEVEN STATES OF CALIFORNIA: A Natural and Human HistoryUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
With the light, revealing touch of a master reporter, Fradkin (Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist, 1993, etc.) takes the Golden State's measure, top to bottom. For the author, California is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sophiemaroon - LibraryThing
If, like me, you are interested in California, natural history (especially geology), and human history, this is the book for you! He really captures the physical landscape and wonderfully weaves in human histories from a fresh perspective i.e. not what was in your school textbook. Read full review