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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Children of the Sun (1998) is a pictorial anthology from Germany to California...1883-1949, and includes short biographies of 16 individuals and 4 social reform movements. But the story is told mostly through the 144 photos, both color and black and white.

It clearly describes the important links between the German health and nature pioneers,and their latter day California

Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Nivaria Press
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Erik Graff
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: health fad fans
Recommended to Erik by: Thomas Goetz
Shelves: sciences
Read this profusely illustrated book cover to cover in about an hour. It describes, by means of very brief biographies and descriptions of groups, naturist movements originating in Germany and, in some cases, migrating to California. The period covered is roughly from Goethe until 1949. There's no particular organization to the text, no real presence of an author with a thesis to push or any critical standpoint. There are, however, many photographs of naked people celebrating and much of the art ...more
Greg Leatherman
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended, but there remains room for a more definitive volume. Does have interesting illustrations and may really be all some people need on the subject. It was a bit adulatory and I wanted more serious social/ideological context for influences to and from this movement. Of course, the author makes no pretense of that, so you do get what he promises. For what it is, it is a good book.
Johanna Hilla
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating investigation to the origins of the hippie movement which began with barefoot nudists in Germany and finally landed to the shores of California. This book could have been so much more when it comes to its descriptiveness but the stunning images make up for it.
Jan 01, 2010 marked it as to-read
References the Nature Boys of Tahquitz Canyon and Topanga Canyon circa 1920s, 1930s. The Nature Boys lived naked outdoors in makeshift camps and ate organic foods and wore beards and long hair. These were precursors to California hippies.
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Absolute must read for everybody. It is a compilation of articles about the "back to nature" movement tracing it back to the middle-ages. ...more
Tristán Saldáña
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Captures the origins of the health movement in Los Angeles—the Germans brought it to LA!
Phil Dwyer
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, research
Somewhat desultory. I read it hoping to find some solid material for a novel I'm planning. It provided a few threads, but I'm going to have to do more research to turn those threads into material. ...more
Daniel Warden
A very interesting, enjoyable and inspirational book.
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