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Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream Hardcover – March 31, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (March 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520211235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520211230
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,204,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Looks like a coffee-table book, but it's really a political treatise and a call to action . . . one of the single best, most compelling, and often brutal histories of the 'California Dream' that I've ever seen." -- San Francisco Bay Guardian

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"Don't mistake the message of this sad and powerful book. After 150 years of pillage and pollution, it is time to fight like hell for California."—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

"A heart rendingly splendid book for all who love California. It combines stunning photographic documentation of the trashing of the state with an eloquent, melancholy text that still offers guarded hopes for a green future."—Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It would be a shame if this seminal work on environmental destruction and the environmental movement were pigeonholed as a "California book." It is of equal interest to East Coast opinion-makers, Washington policy-makers, and all of those with an interest in environmental protection throughout the state, nation, and internationally. Thoroughly researched, it includes astonishing, little-known facts; but it is also highly accessible, written in lucid prose, blessedly jargon free, and including the telling, memorable anecdote. The photographs are stunning and will have an impact on even the casual browser - so the book will have an effect beyond "preaching to the choir." Perhaps most important, the book ends on a high note of hope, describing and lauding those environmental heroes and heroines who have made a genuine difference, one protest movement at a time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The story of our time is, sadly, what happens to the natural world when all restraint and common sense are abandoned. California, the dream state, has taken a terrible beating in the last 150 years. Dawson and Brechin document the devastation with brilliant prose and photographs. Also included: signs of hope, people who've taken a stand to protect some areas from the onslaught.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book beautifully chronicles the damage that has been wreaked upon the California landscape in the last cnetury and a half. Particularly interesting is the commentary about the miner ethos that has prevailed not only among miners but also among loggers, agribusinessmen, and developers, leading to the pillage of the land for the gain of a few. However, the book was also weak here when it contrasted this ethos with that in Italy which has resulted in the preservation of the countryside. It seems only fair that the weaknesses of the Italian system, including the negative impacts of a slower economy and weak central government on the people's well-being, be at least acknowledged here as well. However, all in all the book is still very worthwhile. I will now never be able to forget what this state might have been.
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