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The Dream Endures : California Enters the 1940s

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The fifth volume in Starr's classic history of California, The Dream Endures shows how Californians rebounded from the Great Depression to emerge in the 1930s into what is now known as "the good life." Starr illustrates the ways the good life prospered in California-in film, fiction, leisure, and architecture. Starr looks at the newly important places where Californians lived out this sunny lifestyle: areas like Los Angeles (where Hollywood lived), Palm Springs (where Hollywood vacationed), San Diego (where the Navy went), the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (where Einstein changed his view of the universe), and college towns like Berkeley. "In this, more than any other of Starr's monumental California histories, we see the stirrings of uniqueness in the social and cultural evolution of California. Starr's theme is relevant to all of America and the national destiny."-Neil Morgan, San Diego Union-Tribune "Enormously sensitive and moving. Social and cultural history doesn't get any better."-San Francisco Chronicle "In his monumental continuing study of California, Kevin Starr belongs in the company of the best."-Herbert Gold, Los Angeles Times Book Reviewshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 36mm | 739.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 pp halftone plates
  • 0195157974
  • 9780195157970

About Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr is State Librarian of California and University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern California. He is the author of six books in the Americans and the California Dream series.show more

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"Stendhal described the novel as a mirror passing along the roadway, suggesting that the novelist's gift is limited by how he aims his reflecting glass. A great historian combines this relentless appetite for the world as he finds it with a plausible evaulation of its meaning. In his monumental continuing study of California, Kevin Starr belongs in the company of the best."-Herbert Gold, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Kevin Starr gives Californians back their past-from science to art and from environmental awareness to an infatuation with the automobile-by remeinding them how the state evolved from a West Coast outback to the center of American civilization."-The San Diego Union-Tribune "The author combines rigorous scholarship with colloquial literary expression to give a thorough but easily readable portrait."-Library Journal "There is so much to learn in this fascinating cultural and social history of pre-World War II California that the enthusiastic reader will want to spend hours poring over every informed page."-Booklist "Twenty-four years after his first volume appeared, Starr's enthusiasm still bubbles from virtually every page. His command of hundreds of works of fiction, buildings, pieces of art, and scores of fascinating characters, the well-known and the obscure, and the intelligence and skill with which he handles this freight train worth of material is amazing. Starr's sections on various black, Asian and Mexican Communities are enormously sensitive and moving. Social and cultural history doesn't get any better."-San Francisco Chronicle "A penetrating addition to an altogether splendid series, which (thanks to the broad appeal of its subject matter and period) could prove a breakout book."-Kirkus "Kevin Starr carries his enduring epic of California cultural history into the 1940s with the same eye for exact detail, the same passion for facts, and the same pungency of expression that have characterized his accounts of the preceding stages of California's evolution."-John T. Noonan, Jr. United States Circuit Judge "In this, more than any other of Starr's monumental California histories, we see the stirrings of uniqueness in the social and cultural evolution of California. Starr's theme is relevant to all of America and the national destiny."-Neil Morgan, Associate Editor, San Diego Union-Tribune, author of Westward Tiltshow more

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