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What a pleasant surprise in a history book ... that reads like a page-turning novel.
Arax and Wartzman's "The King of California: JG Boswell and the Making of a Secret Empire" is a top notch history book.
It was that these very talented and rich farmers took the subsidized land and water instead of paying the market rate.
I AM A NATIVE NORCAL GUY. LOVED READING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL VALLEY AG. DIDN'T know much about cotton than thread counts, Turkish bathrobes , and fine sheets. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank Reginato
I always wondered where such virulent racism came from in California. Why, it traveled across the U.S. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crystal Pyramid
Good little spot of California history here. Cotton is no longer king but the stories are timeless. This is not the California you know.Published 3 months ago by Robert Horowitz
Great historic read about the developing of the agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley in CA, from the 1920's to the 1940's.Published 4 months ago by Pamela Scott
I bought this for my wife, who grew up in the Central Valley of California.
Boswell was always a powerful presence there, but she had no idea how powerful he was throughout... Read more
Informative story during a period not heavily covered. Many folks are still around that can remember much of this. RecommendedPublished 7 months ago by Ricko
Be warned: This is primarily a one-sided story of the "evils" of "Big Ag" in California. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Timothy Price