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Golden State - by Michael Hiltzik (Hardcover)

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  • From Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Hiltzik, a definitive new history of California--from the Spanish conquistadors to the Gold Rush to the state's meteoric rise as a tech powerhouse and bulwark of progressivism--and of its indelible mark on the United States and the world.California has long reigned as the land of plenty, a place where the sun always shines and opportunity beckons.
  • Author(s): Michael Hiltzik
  • 448 Pages
  • History, United States

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From Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Hiltzik, a definitive new history of California--from the Spanish conquistadors to the Gold Rush to the state's meteoric rise as a tech powerhouse and bulwark of progressivism--and of its indelible mark on the United States and the world.

California has long reigned as the land of plenty, a place where the sun always shines and opportunity beckons. Even prior to its statehood in 1850, it captured the world's imagination. We remember the Gold Rush era for bearded prospectors lured by riches; we think of its early embrace of immigrant labor during the railroad boom as prologue to its diverse social fabric today. But what lies underneath the myth is far more complicated.

Thanks to extensive research by Michael Hiltzik, one of our longstanding voices on California, Golden State uncovers the unvarnished truth about the state we think we know well. From Spanish incursions into what became known as Alta California to the rise of Big Tech, the history of California is one of stark contradictions. In rich, previously overlooked detail, we see its earliest statesmen wreak havoc among native peoples while racing to draft their own constitution even ahead of statehood. We follow gold-hungry settlers who venture into the Sierra foothills only to leave with little, while a handful of their suppliers turn themselves into millionaire railroad magnates. We witness wars erupt in the name of water as Los Angeles booms and see early efforts to tame the vast landscape create a haven for fossil fuel extraction and environmental conservation alike. Hollywood politicians stoke fear in a centuries-long tradition of anti-Asian violence, and, remarkably, legal redlining and free higher education take root together.

Golden State brings a fresh critical eye to the origins of the state against which the rest of the country measures itself. From its very start, Hiltzik shows, the story of the United States was written in California.



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"Engrossing... [Hiltzik is] an able narrator, with an eye for telling detail." -- New York Times Book Review on Iron Empires

"An accomplished journalist with a knack for storytelling, Mr Hiltzik delves into dense financial details to present an engaging read about the beginnings of America Inc." -- The Economist on Iron Empires

"Hiltzik examines the rise and fall of the American railroad industry in this colorful, wide-ranging account... Hiltzik writes with verve, providing meaningful insights into the shocking inequalities of the Gilded Age. Business history buffs will be enthralled by this character-driven account." -- Publishers Weekly on Iron Empires

"Absorbing and expansive.... Beyond the sheer thrill of the story, Hiltzik's delightful book is invaluable as a basis for reckoning how Big Science can persevere and evolve." -- Los Angeles Times on Big Science

"Masterly. In the grand tradition of David McCullough. [Hiltzik] fixes the endeavor in its time and captures the personalities of the people involved. May inspire in readers a longing for something...that will summon up once again America's famous self-confidence and daring." -- Wall Street Journal on Colossus


Dimensions (Overall): 9.0 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W) x 1.37 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.0 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 448
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States
Publisher: Mariner Books
Theme: State & Local, West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Format: Hardcover
Author: Michael Hiltzik
Language: English
Street Date: January 7, 2025
TCIN: 91898584
UPC: 9780358539346
Item Number (DPCI): 247-18-2543
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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