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River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region (Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ) Paperback – December 9, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822962500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822962502
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this fine set of essays on Sacramento, a distinguished group of historians ask what made and makes the city unique. The collection provides fascinating snapshots of agriculture, the gold rush, railroads, urban planning, boosterism, flood control, the New Deal, military bases, nuclear power, Old Sacramento, the American River Parkway, Indians, and Indian gaming. The collection will appeal to urban historians as well as to specialists in the West, California, and the environment.”

—Donald Pisani, University of Oklahoma 

River City and Valley Life makes a valuable contribution to the environmental history of America’s cities. Individually, its well-written chapters bring an essential environmental perspective to topics as diverse as gold mining, flood control, nuclear power, and suburbanization. Together, they paint a compelling portrait of a city firmly embedded in the natural world.”

—Michael Rawson, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center

About the Author

Christopher J. Castaneda is professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including: Dedication. Vision. Heart: The CalPERS Story; Keeping the Promise: A History of the California Department of Justice; and Invisible Fuel: Natural and Manufactured Gas in American History, 1800–2000.

Lee M. A. Simpson is professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including: Selling the City: Gender, Class, and the California Growth Machine; Fair Oaks, California; and Sacramento’s Oak Park.

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I was fortunate enough to have heard the two editors of this publication at the local Renaissance Society [a senior lifelong education opportunity at the local state University], which made reading the book just that much more interesting. If you have any interest in the Sacramento [CA] region, the gold rush, or just Northern California, this is a great book filled with a series of writings by various authors highlighting "Boomtown Sacramento", "Valley Reclamation", "Government Town" and finally "Reclaiming the Past". All of the chapters are interesting unto themselves and together it makes for one great read.

It is one of those books that are difficult to put down and you can just read and read without even thinking about the journey you are being taken on. I recommend it highly.
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