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Orange County: A Personal History Paperback – November 15, 2010
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This is the perfect book to give as a Christmas gift to anyone with a sense of humor who lives in Orange County. It is a quick read, it has new data and will make you think again about the place you live.
The first part, on family history, was bloated, and -- surprisingly -- just not too interesting. It seemed like the middle school essays we all wrote about our families, cramming too many aunts and uncles into repetitive stories. True, there were a few good anecdotes, but nothing exceedingly interesting, historic, or memorable. And I didn't feel like I cared about any of his family members (except for him) by the end of the book.
The second part, in alternating chapters, concerned OC. It was interesting, but nothing amazing. OC religion, OC politics, and OC TV shows are inherently interesting, and it would have been hard to screw up this part of the book. Arellano did a good job of describing his vantagepoint. How his sheltered views about politics and the world changed, and how he became more progressive, activist, (while incurring the wrath of other activists), and famous was somewhat interesting.
If you need something light to read on a plane or the beach, and might not finish the book, I recommend Gustavo Arellano's Orange County.
Concisely written and nicely paced, this book will be an enjoyable, easy read. For academics, you'll thirst to discover more about the county; for passive readers, you'll be glad he didn't get into too much detail. This book will be cherished by the progressive leftist types, but even talk radio fans will want to see what Arellano has to say with every page.
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Don't know why my book was from another library but it got the job done!Published 3 months ago by Razelle
I recently moved to Orange County and wanted to find a local history book. This popped up in a Google search. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mommyof3
I read this book for my class on gentrification. It was a very enjoyable read and it was interesting learning about the commercialization of Orange County and its racial/political... Read morePublished 13 months ago by gwaka
This is a great book for people interested in Orange County's history. The writer transitions between personal anecdotes and trivia about OC's cities and notable figures.Published 20 months ago by Sam
This product is excellent. That's why I ordered 3 more. I will give 2 to friends to try. It has really helped my skin.Published 21 months ago by Beverly Young
This is a great history book for Americans, Californians, and Mexicans alike. I like the way Gustavo Arellano highlights the confluence of the various cultures of Orange County. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by David Diego Rodriguez