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The King of California by Mark Arax
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Sep 30, 2007

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bookshelves: history
Recommended for: Allison, Kim

This is an interesting look at "big ag" shaped the central valley, especially the Tulare Lake ares over the past 150 years and what contolling water has meant in California. It was surprisingly relevant given the current special session on water issues--there was a whole chapter about the peripherial canal and what happened the last time they tried to built it. . . The one thing that I found annoying about the book was that in trying to tell the story from different viewpoints they would jump around to different groups and people and you would lose track of what the time period it was that the information was coming from.

Allison--This is the book I told you about, I'll try to remember to bring it to book club.

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