Kevin Starr's 5-volume History of California: Americans and the California Dream

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9780195214369: Kevin Starr's 5-volume History of California: Americans and the California Dream
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"Kevin Starr's California Dream series...has evolved into something much richer and more significant than Starr could reasonably have expected when he began."--The Atlantic
The set includes:
Americans and the California Dream, Inventing the Dream, Material Dreams, Endangered Dreams, and The Dream Endures.

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About the Author:

Kevin Starr is at State Librarian of California.


Acclaim for the various books in the series:

"Kevin Starr bids fair to become the foremost chronicler of that often fabulous region, imposing upon the dramatic elements of California history a novelist's imagination and a cosmopolitan and sophisticated intelligence."
--Philadelphia Inquirer
"An excellent book...vividly written, thoroughly researched, rich in details and alive with interesting, and sometimes incredible people."
--Los Angeles Times

"An impressive book...The grasp is sure, the learning awesome. The prose...has a drive that carries cities and industries and people and decades headlong toward their manifest destiny."
--The New York Times
"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

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