The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byKevin Starr

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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 (whereEinstein 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 Review

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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 ...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.26 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157974

ISBN - 13:9780195157970

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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 hismonumental continuing study of California, Kevin Starr belongs in the company of the best."--Herbert Gold, Los Angeles Times Book Review