Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Orange County Place Names A to Z (Adventures in the Natural History and Cultural Heritage of the Californias) Paperback – June 1, 2006
"The Black Presidency"
Rated by Vanity Fair as one of our most lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today, this book is a provocative and lively look into the meaning of America's first black presidency. Learn more
From the Author
-- Phil Brigandi
From the Back Cover
Phil Brigandi has been researching and writing local history since 1975, and has more than 15 books to his credit, including Orange, The City `Round the Plaza; A Place Called Home, Orange's Architectural Legacy; and Old Orange County Courthouse, A Centennial History. He was also a contributor to the fourth edition of California Place Names. Brigandi has served on the board of directors of the Orange Community Historical Society, on the Orange County Historical Commission, and since 2003 has served as County Archivist for Orange County.
More About the Author
A native of Orange, he has a special love for the history of his hometown, and published the first full-length history of the city in 1997. He has also published histories of the communities of Borrego Springs and Temecula. Among his other special interests are the Anza-Borrego Desert, the Riverside/San Diego County backcountry, and the Ramona Myth, including the annual Ramona Pageant, which he has been associated with since 1980.
In more recent years, he has been focusing more and more on the history of Orange County, California, and in 2006 published "Orange County Place Names A to Z."
He wrote his first book at age 18, the same year he joined the Board of Directors of the Orange Community Historical Society. He also served on the Orange County Historical Commission from 1984-89. He has been active with the Orange County Historical Society, the Hemet Area Museum Association, the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association, the E Clampus Vitus, and the Los Angeles Corral of The Westerners.
He enjoys exploring Southern California both historically and on foot, as a hiker and backpacker. He has served as a Scout leader, on summer camp staff, and as youth director at his church.
Top Customer Reviews
As someone who writes and lectures about Orange County, this is one of the few volumes (out of a rather large collection) that are so invaluable that I insist on keeping within arm's reach at all times. Brigandi always does his homework, so there's never a question of the facts being straight. And in addition to being a go-to reference, this book also makes for very enjoyable casual reading. Since each entry is relatively short, even readers with Twitter-era attention spans will be able to digest and enjoy this material.
Full disclosure: The author is a good friend of mine, and I *do* own about half of the 20-some books he's written. Although I could say nice things about all those books, I think Orange County Place Names A to Z is among the most fun to read and has perhaps the most to offer a wide and general (Orange County) audience.