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Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950 Kevin Starr

Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950

Kevin Starr

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ISBN : 9780195168976
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386 pages
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The sixth volume in one of the great ongoing works of American cultural history--Kevin Starrs monumental Americans and the California Dream--Embattled Dreams is a peerless work of cultural history following California in the years surrounding WorldMoreThe sixth volume in one of the great ongoing works of American cultural history--Kevin Starrs monumental Americans and the California Dream--Embattled Dreams is a peerless work of cultural history following California in the years surrounding World War II.During the 1940s California ascended to a new, more powerful role in the nation. Starr describes the vast expansion of the war industry and Californias role as the arsenal of democracy (especially the significant part women played in the aviation industry). He examines the politics of the state: Earl Warren as the dominant political figure, the anti-Communist movement and red baiting, and the early career of Richard Nixon. He also looks at culture, ranging from Hollywood to the counterculture, to film noir and detective stories. And he illuminates the harassment of Japanese immigrants and the shameful treatment of other minorities, especially Hispanics and blacks.In Embattled Dreams, Starr again provides a spellbinding account of the Golden State, narrating Californias transformation from a regional power to a dominant economic, social, and cultural force.With a novelists eye for the telling detail, and a historians grasp of the sweep of grand events.... [Starrs] got it all down.... I read the book with absorbed admiration.--Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of WarThe scope of Starrs scholarship is breathtaking.--Atlantic MonthlyA magnificent accomplishment.--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewBrilliant and epic social and cultural history.--Business WeekEbullient, nuanced, interdisciplinary history of the grandest kind.--San Francisco Chronicle