Southern California: An Island on the Land

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Gibbs Smith, 1946 - Travel - 387 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

A fantastic history of southern California, detailing the cultural changes, the boom cycle, the geography and climate, and other various elements of southern California from its discovery by Spaniards ... Read full review

Contents

I
3
II
21
III
49
IV
70
V
84
VI
96
VII
113
VIII
138
XI
205
XII
227
XIII
249
XIV
273
XV
314
XVI
330
XVII
350
XVIII
371

IX
165
X
183

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