Still, for the perswon interested in California History, it's a good read.
As a Midwesterner who felt the siren song myself and moved here as a young adult, I found this book to be as entertaining as it is informative.
Fortunately for both the author and his readers, California seems to have long had more than its share of memorable characters.
I was born in 1950 and grew up in Ventura, California. I am thoroughly enjoying this book! It describes in great detail many of the aspects of California living with which I am... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Glenn Hardy
Extremely well-written and documented--learning a lot about the state from Starr. Not pedantic at all--the facts and history well-presented.Published 4 months ago by Gman
Kevin Starr has a gift for exhaustive political narrative but often misses facets of California life that are at least equally important. Read morePublished 9 months ago by William H. DuBay
Too much statistics, not enouch spirit and character of that period.I had great expectations because it is an interesting period, but got dissapointed, the book was too too much... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Saule Buzaite
Too detailed....one or two examples would suffice for each description but, no....why do when you can overdo? I find myself skimming pages at a time.Published 18 months ago by Diane Dowler
Starr's period of review--1950 to 1963--covered California's halcyon days, and I arrived in the state in 1961 to witness the last third of that period first hand. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overall, very entertaining and informative. However, some chapters get bogged down in dry statistics. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carl Olen
While not a readable as, say, Mike Davis, Starr is exhaustive in his telling of this period in California history. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by City Boy