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 was in Pershing Square, in downtown Los Angeles, California. There was poetry inscribed on a wall, and I did a search and found that it is an except, by Carey McWilliams, in his... Read morePublished 20 days ago by kkrome25
An okay history of the State of California providing essentials of changes in the state. Otherwise not written so as to make reading a pleasure instead of a pursuit.Published 5 months ago by Phillip Skaga
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 15 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 16 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 19 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 on June 27, 2013 by KateLovesReading
If you have ANY curiosity about "where California came from", socially, economically and politically, this book has the answers. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by janet fairchild