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American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams Hardcover – October 11, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; First Edition; First Printing edition (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472115243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472115242
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Richardson is Communications Director at the California Budget Project. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California Berkeley and is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Style: A Pragmatic Approach and Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience.

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I teach humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University and serve as the book review editor at The National Memo.

I've written about the Grateful Dead, one of the counterculture's most successful and durable institutions; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the longtime editor of The Nation magazine. Booklist called the Grateful Dead book fascinating, captivating, and instructive. The Ramparts book was an Editors' Choice at the New York Times and a Top Book of 2009 at Mother Jones. Writing for The Nation, Mike Davis called the McWilliams book a superior biography.

I've served as an editor at the University of California Press, PoliPoint Press, the Public Policy Institute of California, and Harper & Row, Publishers. During my misspent youth, I was an associate professor of English at the University of North Texas.

Bred and buttered in the East Bay, I now live in Richmond.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Pendleton Tudor on March 3, 2006
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Applause for author Peter Richardson for his prodigous research and enlightening prose. Carey McWilliams, possibly more than any other person, influenced hot button social and governance issues in California and America during the mid-1900s. If one really wants to know what a multi-talented activist can achieve, "American Prophet" is a must read!
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Kevin Starr is not the only person who can write about California and Californians. I have bought ten copies of this book. Everyone who has read it comes back to thank me. The best take on California from the 20s up to the 50s and it doesn't stop there. Do yourself a favor and buy a couple of copies for you too will start giving them away.
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