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Comment: Condition: As new condition., As new dust jacket. Binding: Hardcover. / Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. / Pub. Date: 1997 Attributes: xii, 480 p., [16] p. of plates ill. 25 cm. / Stock#: 2059892 (FBA) * * *This item qualifies for FREE SHIPPING and Amazon Prime programs! * * *
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The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s (Americans & the California Dream) Hardcover – May 8, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0195100792 ISBN-10: 0195100794 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Americans & the California Dream (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (May 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195100794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195100792
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late 1930s and early 1940s introduced to California culture some of the features that still characterize it today, at least in the view of outsiders to the Golden State: surfing, drive-in movie theaters, barbecues, motels, polo shirts, and recreational vehicles. The period brought equally enduring but less superficial changes, too: advances and setbacks alike in race relations, resource management, urban development, and transportation. Kevin Starr continues his multivolume history of California with this deeply learned, always fascinating account of California at the dawn of the modern age, with a cast of characters ranging from the Native American hermit Fig Tree John to violinist Yehudi Menuhin and hardboiled-fiction master Raymond Chandler.

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This latest volume of California State Librarian Starr's series (after Endangered Dreams, LJ 10/15/95) revisits the Golden State during the Thirties and focuses on the cultural, geographical, and urban factors that have made "California dreamin'" so attractive to Americans in the last 50 years. Among the dreams are the promise of the good life in resort communities, the cultural diversity of San Francisco, the "horizontality" of Los Angeles, and California's prominence on the Pacific rim. Starr's explanation of artistic, literary, musical, and architectural trends as well as that most uniquely California creation, the movies, gives this book a bright, optimistic quality that differs from the pessimistic view of his previous volume. The author combines rigorous scholarship with colloquial literary expression to give a thorough but easily readable portrait. Highly recommended for California collections.?Mary Ann Parker, Calif. Dept. of Water Res. Law Lib., Sacramento
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A great introduction to So Cal history with a comprehensive reviw of the whole cultural and historical landscape. Just as important, the writing is quick and entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you've read any of Dr. Starr's California histories, you've got the idea. Generally they're excellent. And if you've read SEVERAL of Dr. Starr's California histories, you'll undoubtedly notice that he has his favorite subjects: Colleges and universities, churches and institutional architecture, preferably Gothic or Spanish Revival. Being a transplanted East Coaster, I like this kind of thing, but I can also see where a dedicated Westie might find it tedious and oh so dry. All of these books come down to basically the same thing: History of California institutions from an Ivy League perspective. Imagine if Henry Adams had lived another 80 years and had written a history of California.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gryphonisle on September 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in this set I've attempted to read, and having just made another effort at it, I realized why I put it down: The pages are peopled only by the gifted few, the elite, who they knew (but only a brief mention there) and what they did (a snippet in most cases). History is full of books telling of the exploits of kings and generals, and titans of industry, and often they never leave the realm in which the main character lives. This book [series] purports to be a history of California, but where are the other Californians? The rest of us are mentioned by group associations, we're italians in San Francisco if that's how the reference points; we're The Middle Class(es) most of the time, but we're always faceless, a shadow down on the beach, a blur of cars on the street below. The book reads more like the society pages, and while it does manage, every now and then, to evoke California at a specific moment, it does so only briefly, then it's off to the list of names of the now mostly dead (and almost exclusively white) people, breathlessly mentioned so you know... Know what though? I've got a lot of books on California history, some are more entertaining than useful, this one is neither. It's just fluttering recitation of important names. I gave it two stars as at least Mr. Starr can write well enough to read what he's saying and not get distracted by the prose. It's still going to the Goodwill.
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