Coast of Dreams

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Vintage | Jun 22, 2011 | 800 Pages | ISBN 9780307795267

  • Paperback$18.95

    Vintage | Feb 14, 2006 | 804 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780679740728

  • Ebook$14.99

    Vintage | Jun 22, 2011 | 800 Pages | ISBN 9780307795267

Praise

“Vivid, precise, and astute. . . . Starr’s cultural range has always been broad and his grasp sure. Most important, he’s able to put tastes and ways of life in historical context.”–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Kevin Starr is nothing short of the John Muir of our times. . . . [He] is utterly fascinated by California and how it has evolved.” –Los Angeles Times

“Starr brings his magnificent, multivolume series Americans and the California Dream, the product of a quarter-century of work up to the present. An unfailingly interesting, highly readable contribution to Starr’s grand series.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Extraordinary. . . . Sweeping, deeply personal and insightful”–Tucson Gazette

Table Of Contents

Preface: California on the Edge

PART I: Coast of Dreams
Surf’s Up!
Zen California
Mind Games
Bon Appétit
Dumbing Down
Ocean Park
Frank’s Kids

PART II: Catastrophe
Earthquake, Fire, and Flood
Scene of the Crime
Reefer Madness
Killing Time
Homeboys
Gangbusters
Doing Time
A Lost Generation
Send In the Marines

PART III: Diversity
Viva Mexico!
Asian Attitudes
Multiple Identities

PART IV: Wedge Issues
Backlash
Illegals
Rising Tensions
Wedge Issues
Affirmative Action
Hasta la Vista!
Accommodations

PART V: 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

PART VI: 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

PART VII: A Tale of Two Cities: Los Angeles and San Francisco
People
Payday
Poor
Politics
Place
Talk of the Town

PART VIII: Growth and the Environment
Heartland
Waterworld
Endangered Species
North Coast Redwoods and Other Trees
Going Green
Open Space
Fixed Rail

PART IX: Back on the Edge
Bill and Barbra
Dot-Com Debacle
Report Card
The Boys from Texas
9/11

Epilogue Déjà Vu All Over Again

Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index

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