Coast of Dreams California on the Edge, 1990-2003

ISBN-10: 0679740724
ISBN-13: 9780679740728
Edition: N/A
Authors: Kevin Starr
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Description: From O.J. to Arnold Schwarzenegger, earthquakes to rolling blackouts, silicon valley to riots in the street, California state historian Kevin Starr has assembled the history of the Golden Gate State since 1990 to create a vivid snapshot of a state  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 804
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

From O.J. to Arnold Schwarzenegger, earthquakes to rolling blackouts, silicon valley to riots in the street, California state historian Kevin Starr has assembled the history of the Golden Gate State since 1990 to create a vivid snapshot of a state constantly on the edge of tomorrow. Coast of Dreams captures an extraordinary place, from its rich and exceptionally diverse palette of people, cultures and values; to its economy that is larger than most nations and mirrors the economic state of the country; to a political landscape so roiled that a Governor can be recalled scant months after his re-election and replaced by a Hollywood action star. This is a book that is sweeping in scope, intimate in detail and altogether fascinated with the splendor of California.

Kevin Starr was born on September 3, 1940 in San Francisco, California. He received his BA Degree from the University of San Francisco and his MA Degree in 1965 and his PhD in American literature from Harvard University in 1969. He is a historian known for his series on the history of California entitled "America and the California Dream." He has been a professor at several universities including Berkeley and Stanford. He has written several works including Coast of Dreams and Golden Gate.

Preface: California on the Edge
Coast of Dreams
Surf's Up!
Zen California
Mind Games
Bon Appetit
Dumbing Down
Ocean Park
Frank's Kids
Catastrophe
Earthquake, Fire, and Flood
Scene of the Crime
Reefer Madness
Killing Time
Homeboys
Gangbusters
Doing Time
A Lost Generation
Send In the Marines
Diversity
Viva Mexico!
Asian Attitudes
Multiple Identities
Wedge Issues
Backlash
Illegals
Rising Tensions
Wedge Issues
Affirmative Action
Hasta la Vista!
Accommodations
Turnaround
For the Good Times
Free Fall
Turnaround
Immigrants to the Rescue
Swords into Ploughshares
The Comeback Kid
Valley Talk
Genes to Work
Foreign Trade
The Rim
NAFTA
Cities, Suburbs, and Other Places
How Should We Live?
Holy Land or Plains of Id? Southern California and Metro Sacramento
Staying Time: Santa Barbara and Palm Springs
The Upper Left: Berkeley, Santa Monica, West Hollywood
Booming Places: Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties
Tough Love: Jerry Brown's Oakland
Downtown: The Reurbanization of San Jose
Play Ball!: San Diego in the Major Leagues
A Tale of Two Cities: Los Angeles and San Francisco
People
Payday
Poor
Politics
Place
Talk of the Town
Growth and the Environment
Heartland
Waterworld
Endangered Species
North Coast Redwoods and Other Trees
Going Green
Open Space
Fixed Rail
Back on the Edge
Bill and Barbra
Dot-Com Debacle
Report Card
The Boys from Texas
9/11
Epilogue: Deja Vu All Over Again
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index

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