Best books on california history

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Must-Read California Books

Urban theorist Mike Davis charts the geopolitics and diverging social forces that shaped the rise of Los Angeles as both utopia and dystopia. Davis rails against the enduring influence of a discriminatory Catholic Church, rapidly accelerating gang violence begetting an overzealous police force, and panoptic, increasingly privatized public space. Architect Reyner Banham turns his eye on how the organic and constructed environments of the city form several ecologies that drive the ways Angelenos relate to the city and each other. This vivid Taschen tome is as visually satisfying as it is informative; a sprawling portrait of the making of LA. Sourced from historical archives, museums and private collections, Los Angeles: Portrait of a City offers a top-notch visual history chock-full of excellent photography and ephemera from all the way to Topical essays by esteemed California historian Kevin Starr, LA Times book editor David Ulin, and cultural anthropologist Jim Heimann offer context and insight in recounting narratives that have shaped the city. From his comprehensive eight-volume series Americans and the California Dream , historian Kevin Starr explores the economic, social, and cultural forces that influenced the post-war boom of California, charting the beginning of the state as we know it today.
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The Best Books About the Bay Area and California (According to You)

So we put out a call on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook for your recommendations for your favorite Bay Area and California books — and y'all came through. From hundreds of your great suggestions, here are the 10 most recommended books in no particular order about the Bay Area and California. Plus, scroll down for a few bonus recommendations from local authors and librarians. It eventually grew into a nine-book series and is the inspiration for a new Netflix series. Covering one of the most eventful decades in the state's history, these essays range from the hippies of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury to the lifestyles of the rich and the famous in Los Angeles.

Born out of a Gold Rush and two World Wars, the Golden State, to easterners, has always seemed like the new kid on the block. Californians might have aided in such perceptions, notes the s dean of West Coast literature, Joan Didion. Yet, California with no uncertainty has a long past predating European arrival. Its tax revolts rewrote politics and its politicians and activists promoted both the most liberal ideologies and the most conservative. Its long history of transnational and multiracial populations made it a valuable case study for a United States hurtling toward a majority-minority political landscape and has provided a window into the multiplicity of race outside traditional binaries.

‘City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles’

Native Californian Joan Didion takes a look at her home state in this thoughtful, well-researched book. Buy now from your favorite retailer:. The fall of Adam and Eve, the rivalry of Cain and Abel, are reenacted by these unwitting participants as they love, betray and shed blood in the rich farmlands of the valley.





  1. Fleecgeabcapan says:

    Books shelved as california-history: California: A History by Kevin Starr, Americans The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of How San Francisco Nearly.

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