Widely recognized as the best non-fiction book written about Southern California for the period 1920s through the 1940s.
Southern California: An Island on the Land is packed with fascinating material on the region and its galaxy of personalities--from Helen Hunt Jackson to Aimee Semple McPherson, from Huntington the financier to Hatfield the rainmaker.
Carey McWilliams provides insights into many subjects, ranging from the origins of Hollywood to the flowering of International Style architecture in Los Angeles.
This book was originally published in 1946. This reprint edition has been continuously in print from Gibbs Smith, Publisher since 1973.
If years before I wrote Southern California: An Island on the Land, I had planned to write it, then it could be said that I picked exactly the right time to settle in the region, that my work experience was providential, and that I selected precisely the right group of friends. But of course I did not plan to write the book; it grew out of my experiences in a perfectly natural way. Let me explain.
I am a native Californian who has a deep love for the geography of the state.
You will learn what a Booster really is, and soon see how your local boosters have been pulling the wool over your eyes, too.
OK, well maybe that's an overstatement, but for a book written in the 1940s, this book is still remarkably relevant.
I have been wanting to read this book for years and I thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks for the flawless service in it's delivery!Published 5 months ago by Mark Cunningham
OK, well maybe that's an overstatement, but for a book written in the 1940s, this book is still remarkably relevant. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Coco
Bought this book for a sister of mine working on geology. Born and raised in southern Californian thought it
Was a great starting placer
Excellently researched history of Los Angeles. It reveals all the water war issues and what keeps the sprinklers going in Los Angeles.Published 9 months ago by bleusdolphins
What a fantastic history. I read also Phillip Fradkin's book The Seven States of California around the same time, so for a period I was immersed, and for some reason very... Read morePublished 14 months ago by KateLovesReading
If you have ANY curiosity about "where California came from", socially, economically and politically, this book has the answers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by janet fairchild
With the caveat that I have only read the 1946 hardcover edition, this is the best book I have yet to read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joshua P. Graciano
This book hasn't aged at all ! It is still worth reading to have an overview of the region's history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Clara Byrd
At the end of this book the author Carey McWilliams, a terrific nonfiction writer, admits to hating Los Angeles upon first moving there. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Randall L. Wilson