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The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s (Americans and the California Dream #5)
by Kevin Starr
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 l ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published June 1st 1996)
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History meets People magazine, along with Architect Digest,
Sky and Telescope, TMZ and a variety of others, interesting
reading, something for everyone.
Author Starr's chapters mostly stand on their own, that is if you
aren't up to reading the whole book, you can pick a subject and
get most the story. This is because Starr tends to begin each
subject from scratch, sure it's a book about the 1930s, but every
historian loves a setup and in this case they all start around 4 BC.
You're 15 pages into a 30 p ...more
As I continue through this series I am struck by California's reflection of the American Zeitgeist. This book is a corollary to the previous book which describes the trials and tribulations of a depression torn state. This book shows how California was able to move forward and set itself up to become the economic power it would become starting in WWII and beyond. Since Mr. Starr is very detailed in his retrospective some parts of the book are slow going. However, any reading of this series will ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Spiros rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in historical sidebars
This book functions more or less as an addendum to the main body of Starr's multi-volume epic of California's history. It outlines the cultural and artistic achievement of the state, leading up to the Second World War, and is particularly focused on three areas in which California achieved preeminence: astronomy, photography, and cinema. Of particular interest is the chapter devoted to the social conditions of San Francisco between the Wars, into which Starr un-ostentatiously slips in the histor ...more
Kevin Starr is an American historian, best-known for his multi-volume series on the history of California, collectively called "America and the California Dream".More about Kevin Starr...
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