Berkeley: A City in History
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Berkeley: A City in History

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The Railroad Age, The Depression, World War II, The Atomic Age, The Sixties—these periods shaped and were in turn shaped by Berkeley, California—a city that has had a remarkable influence given its modest size. This concise book, the only up-to-date history of Berkeley, is a rich chronicle connecting the people, trends, and events that made the city to much larger themes i...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 23rd 2008 by University of California Press (first published November 1st 2007)
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A nice, concise history of my hometown. For someone with a good knowledge of the city already this short book provides a LOT of aha! moments as Wollenberg connects the dots and otherwise fills in information about WHY some things are as they are in Berkeley.

I enjoyed the thematic nature of the chapters, following a concept or institution through time rather than jumbling all the threads together as a novel would. Particularly interesting to me was the information about the development of individ...more
An interesting, quick, and absorbing read about the origins of Berkeley. Wollenberg lays out the development of the city, explains the intertwining relationship between the city and the University of California, and introduces readers to many of the residents for whom various streets are named. At the end of the book, I understood why Berkeley is so .... well ... Berkeley.
Originally based on course material Mr Wollenberg has taught over the years on Berkeley history, Berkeley: A City in History is a well-developed and researched overview of the city. Although there is a brief discussion of early Berkeley, the main focus is on the Euro-Centric, modern evolution of Berkeley as its own entity: development, affect on and by the region (and nation) throughout time. Like other histories he's written, (Golden Gate Metropolis immediately comes to mind) Mr Wollenberg has...more
Apr 23, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes california history, or the city of berkeley
This book is amazing! I love the history of California and its cities and it is written so well here. Im about halfway through and and just loving learning how everything got its name and why the town is set up the way it is. The review on the back cover really says it all "a sweeping panorama of Berkeley by one of California's finest historians... Anyone who cares about Berkeley-and there are many- will devour it with pleasure."

edit: I have now finished this book and I still left it with a grea...more
Interesting, breezy history of Berkeley. Though it seems pretty comprehensive, and touches all the bases, I found it to be pretty dry. But a quick read.
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Very interesting for everyone who's visiting or living in the East Bay. A very good way to understand the history of a unique city !
I liked what was there but was expecting more than what was presented. A decent read, just not as in-depth as I would have liked.
Really interesting to learn how a community I was grown up in was formed culturally,politically and geographically
Wollenberg always manages to find interesting facts that illuminate history. I found this an easy and enjoyable read.
very readable although covers everything very quickly, so dense...
General history of Berkeley. good, broad view
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Charles Wollenberg, Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, is coeditor, with Marcia A. Eymann, of What's Going On? California and the Vietnam Era (UC Press) and author of Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito and Golden Gate Metropolis: Perspectives on Bay Area Regional History."
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