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1 ANDERSON, GARY CLAYTON & ANDERSON, LAURA LEE. The Army Surveys Of Gold Rush California: Reports Of Topographical Engineers, 1849-1851.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
As the army's topographical engineer in California from 1849 to 1851, George Horatio Derby wrote detailed reports on the region, its people, its resources, and its geography—providing critical information for an understaffed military charged with bringing order to a vast new empire along the Pacific Slope. Early maps and reports by pioneers, trappers, and newspapermen, even by such professionals as John C. Frmont and William Emory, were limited in scope and often unreliable. In contrast, those authored by Derby and the army's other trained topographical engineers were remarkably accurate, extensive, and richly descriptive. Long buried in the files of the National Archives, they have also remained largely unknown, even to historians. Collected and reproduced here for the first time, these journals and maps offer a new and unique perspective on California in the mid-nineteenth century. Derby's reports and journals appear alongside those of Robert Stockton Williamson, William H. Warner, Edward O. C. Ord, Nathaniel Lyon, Henry Walton Wessells, and Erasmus Darwin Keyes. These documents offer extraordinary firsthand views of the environment, natural resources, geography, and early settlement, as well as the effects of disease on Native and white populations. The writers' detailed, often witty insights offer new understandings of life in California during an era of momentous change. Historian Gary Clayton Anderson and anthropologist Laura Lee Anderson provide historical, geographic, and biographical context in the book's introduction and in headnotes and annotations for each journal. With these editorial enhancements, the documents reveal as much of the character of their authors and their time as of the land and peoples they so carefully describe. Hardcover, 14 maps, 256 pages, 6.125" x 9.25". Gary Clayton Anderson, Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, is author of The Conquest of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing in the Promised Land, 1820-1875. His book The Indian Southwest, 1580-1830: Ethnogenesis and Reinvention won the Angie Debo Prize and the publication award from the San Antonio Conservation Society. Laura Lee Anderson is the editor of Being Dakota: Tales and Traditions of the Sisseton and Wahpeton. 
Price: 34.15 USD
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2 BEEBE, ROSE MARIE & SENKEWICZ, ROBERT M. (EDITORS). Testimonios: Early California Through The Eyes Of Women, 1815-1848.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
When in the early 1870s historian Hubert Howe Bancroft sent interviewers out to gather oral histories from the pre-statehood gentry of California, he didn't count on one thing: the women. When the men weren't available, the interviewers collected the stories of the women of the household—sometimes almost as an afterthought. These interviews were eventually archived at the University of California, though many were all but forgotten. Testimonios presents thirteen women's firsthand accounts from the days when California was part of Spain and Mexico. Having lived through the gold rush and seen their country change so drastically, these women understood the need to tell the full story of the people and the places that were their California. 134 black-and-white Illustrations, 508 pages, 6" x 9". Rose Marie Beebe is Professor of Spanish Literature at Santa Clara University. Robert M. Senkewicz is Professor of History at Santa Clara University. Together they have authored and edited numerous books, including The History of Alta California, Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846; Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815-1848; and "To Toil in That Vineyard of the Lord": Contemporary Scholarship on Junipero Serra. "A treasure many people—scholars, students, and armchair historians—will appreciate."—California History "An amazing work of painstaking research, sensitive translation, and clear writing that has given us the gift of understanding California's Mexican history in a new way."—Richard Griswold del Castillo, in The Americas "[Beebe and Senkewicz's] combination of linguistic excellence and historical context has produced the best translations of important manuscripts from original documents recorded in provincial eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish."—Reviews in American History 
Price: 25.84 USD
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York: 1985. 0810916088 / 9780810916081 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. Inscribed by the photographer. 
For four years photographer Morton Beebe, a third generation Northern Californian, has focused on every facet of San Francisco city life - from the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Chinatown parade, from elegant dinners at the Opera to girlie shows at North Beach. His pictures offer the most intimate, complete view of the city ever published. Approximately 200 photographs in full color, and for a stunning visual feast, turn the pages - and fall in love. 
Price: 84.08 USD
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4 BEEBE, ROSE MARIE & ROBERT M. SENKEWICZ (EDITORS). Lands Of Promise And Despair: Chronicles Of Early California, 1535-1846.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This copious collection of reminiscences, reports, letters, and documents allows readers to experience the vast and varied landscape of early California from the viewpoint of its inhabitants. What emerges is not the Spanish California depicted by casual visitors—a culture obsessed with finery, horses, and fandangos—but an ever-shifting world of aspiration and tragedy, pride and loss. Conflicts between missionaries and soldiers, Indians and settlers, friends and neighbors spill from these pages, bringing the ferment of daily life into sharp focus. 108 black-and-white Illustrations, 6 maps, 528 pages, 6" x 9". 
Price: 25.60 USD
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5 BERGLUND, BARBARA. Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers In The Urban West, 1846-1906.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The San Francisco that rose from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire was a city of rigid social stratification—a city determined to contain its diverse and disorderly rough-and-tumble past some sixty years after its acquisition by the United States. Barbara Berglund vividly describes San Francisco's rapid evolution from Mexican outpost to crown jewel of America's western empire, taking readers back to an earlier and more chaotic time when class definitions and social conventions were much more fluid. Berglund argues that the city's rapid rise from a multicultural boomtown to a racially and socially stratified metropolis reflected the careful efforts of a nascent elite to order its inhabitants through political and cultural means. Berglund analyzes the cultural spaces that showcased the contests that would determine the social order and who defined it. The book's central chapters provide snapshots of the micro-workings of power on five key cultural frontiers: restaurants, hotels, and boardinghouses; places of amusement, ranging from the brothels of the Barbary Coast to the Pacific Museum of Anatomy and Science; Chinatown's tourist terrain; the Mechanics' Institute's annual fairs; and the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition—the first such expo held west of Chicago and an image-building opportunity for the city's elites. By focusing on the role of cultural frontiers in the urban west, Berglund offers a new take on western history that explores the role of market-driven cultural institutions, demonstrating that the market was as important as the state in structuring power relationships in nineteenth-century imperial America. She shows that control over meanings ascribed to race, class, and gender—especially those generated in the city's cultural spaces—was critical to the incorporation of San Francisco into the fabric of the American nation. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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6 BLOOM, KHALED J. Murder Of A Landscape: The California Farmer-smelter War 1897-1916.
The Arthur H Clark Company, Norman: 2010. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Between 1896 and 1919, air pollution from large-scale copper smelting in northern California's Shasta County severely damaged crops and timber in a 1,000-square-mile region, completely devastating a core area of 200 square miles. The poisons from these smelters created the nation's largest man-made desert—a shocking contrast to the beauty of the surrounding Cascades and Trinity Alps. This book traces the development of that environmental catastrophe and explains a long, complex, and rancorous struggle that involved several corporations, hundreds of farmers and ranchers, and all levels of government. In tackling this long-neglected story—one hardly known within or beyond California—Khaled J. Bloom takes readers back to the region of that time and shows how the copper industry posed serious environmental threats from the beginning. He tells of hardscrabble settlers and gentleman farmers who rose up repeatedly in unsuccessful efforts to either clean up or shut down the smelters. What appears today as an environmental cause was really a struggle to save individual property and a way of life. Yet, as Bloom shows, the farmers never had a chance against wider public opinion and the many financial interests that benefited from copper production. Profit and power won out, and posterity was left with a mess. California still contends with the toxic legacy. Murder of a Landscape tells the long-overlooked story of California's short-lived copper boom, presenting an interesting cross-section of society and attitudes in rural California during the Progressive Era. Offering the drama and pathos of a David-and-Goliath tale in which Goliath wins and strides on, the book makes compelling reading for anyone interested in the industrial, political, and environmental history of the American West. 
Price: 32.97 USD
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7 CAMERON, ROBERT (AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS); CAEN, HERB (TEXT). Above San Francisco: A New Collection Of Nostalgic And Contemporary Aerial Photographs Of The Bay Area.
Cameron and Company, San Francisco: 1987. 0918684285 / 9780918684288 Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
"Of all the great picture-book cities, San Francisco may be the most tantalizing. Now you see it, now you don't - an ever-changing panorama of shifting patterns and drifting fog, the dizzying interplay of light and shadows among the hills that both exalt and obstruct.It is a peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek city, forever elusive, its endless secrets lurking in nameless alleys, hidden gardens and pathways that lead through statrely corridors of eucalytus and then vanish somewhere into the misty Pacific . . . a part of the magic has been pinned down forever, like a gorgeous butterfly, between the corners lof this book." . . . from the Introduction by Herb Caen 
Price: 13.49 USD
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8 CASTERLINE BOWEN, MARGARET & GWENDOLYN JOSLIN HILES. Jersey Gold: The Newark Overland Company's Trek To California, 1849.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2017. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
When gold fever struck in 1849, John S. Darcy—prominent physician, general, and president of the New Jersey Railroad—assembled a company to travel overland to California. In Jersey Gold, Margaret Casterline Bowen and Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles tell the story of that colorful company of some thirty stalwarts and adventurers. Jersey Gold chronicles the experiences of the New Jersey argonauts from their lives before the gold rush to the widely varying fortunes each ultimately found. Animated by the trekkers' own words and observations and illustrated with maps, photographs, and drawings by one of the company's own men, Jersey Gold follows the Newark Overland Company's journey by rail, stage, and riverboat to the Missouri frontier town of Independence, the group's jumping-off point for the Oregon-California trail. There, the company splintered. Their divergent paths afford views of the westward journey from multiple perspectives as the companies faced the perils of the wilderness and the treachery of human nature. Once in gold country, many booked immediate passage home, but some remained with Darcy to work a successful mining operation before returning east with comfortable fortunes. A few, enchanted by the opportunities of the Golden Coast, took up permanent residence there—and in their stories we witness the emergence of California amid unprecedented lawlessness, the controversy of slavery, and diverse nationalities. The story of the Newark Overland Company—in many ways a panorama of the nineteenth century—tells of fortune, scandal, and heartbreak from the wildness of the frontier through the chaos of the Civil War to the throes of early industrialization, and features such notables as John Sutter, Brigham Young, and Henry Clay. In chronicling this journey, Jersey Gold vividly re-creates a defining chapter in American history. 36 black-and-white Illustrations, 4 maps, 384 pages, 6" x 9". Margaret Casterline Bowen, a former IT manager and consultant for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resides in Jefferson, Maryland. Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles earned a degree in American Studies from Bowling Green State University. Following some time as a teacher, she has pursued a career in publishing, working as an editorial manager in trade publishing. "Good historians are good detectives. Trail buffs have long relied on excellent diarists—Charles Glass Gray, Alexander Cartwright, Robert Bond, Cyrus Currier—and a scholar, Thomas D. Clark, to understand the 1849 adventures of the Newark Overland Company. Ace detectives Margaret Casterline Bowen and Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles have utilized new voices of men and women to tell firsthand how they found their lives transformed on the trails. Jersey Gold is a new trail classic." -- Will Bagley, author of South Pass: Gateway to a Continent 
Price: 38.90 USD
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9 CAUGHMAN, MADGE M. & GINSBERG, JOANNE S. (EDITORS). California Coastal Access Guide.
University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles: 1981. 0520045769 / 9780520045767 New Expanded Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Contains the most up-to-date informatioin on all the scenic and recreational facilities of the California coast. Covers the coast county by county, each section beautifully illustrated with drawings, photographs, and a conveenient two-color map of the area. Includes an Index. 
Price: 6.60 USD
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10 CHESTER, CAROLE. Essential California.
Little, Brown and Company, Boston: 1992. 0316250465 / 9780316250467 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Comprehensive, easy to use, honest. lovely - the Essential Guides are all today's traveler needs to enjoy a successful trip. 
Price: 13.78 USD
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11 CHILES, FREDERIC CAIRE. California's Channel Islands: A History.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Prehistoric foragers, conquistadors, missionaries, adventurers, hunters, and rugged agriculturalists parade across the histories of these little-known islands on the horizon of twenty-first century Southern California. This chain of eight islands is home to a biodiversity unrivaled anywhere on Earth. In addition, the Channel Islands reveal the complex geology and the natural and human history of this part of the world, from the first human probing of the continent we now call North America to modern-day ranchers, vineyardists, yachtsmen, and backpackers. Not far below the largely undisturbed surface of these islands are the traces of a California that flourished before historical time, vestiges of a complex forager culture originating with the first humans to cross the Bering Land Bridge and spread down the Pacific coast. This culture came to an end a mere 450 years ago with the arrival of Spanish conquistadors and missionaries, whose practices effectively depopulated the archipelago. The largely empty islands in turn attracted Anglo-American agriculturalists, including Frederic Caire Chiles's own ancestors, who battled the elements to build empires based on cattle, sheep, wine, and wool. Today adventure tourism is the heart of the islands' economy, with the late-twentieth-century formation of Channel Islands National Park, which opened five of the islands to the general public. For visitors and armchair travelers alike, this book weaves the strands of natural history, island ecology, and human endeavor to tell the Channel Islands' full story. 65 black and white illustrations, 9 maps. Frederic Caire Chiles is the author of Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California-Santa Barbara and divides his time between London, Italy, and California. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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12 CHILES, FREDERIC CAIRE; DAILY, MARLA (FOREWORD). Justinian Caire And Santa Cruz Island: The Rise And Fall Of A California Dynasty.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The saga of the family that controlled the storied island off the coast of the continental United States. This multifaceted account traces the island's history from its aboriginal Chumash population to its acquisition by The Nature Conservancy at the end of the twentieth century. The heart of the book, however, is a family saga: the story of French migr Justinian Caire and his descendants, who owned and occupied the island for more than fifty years. The author, descended from Caire, uses family archives unavailable to earlier historians to recount the full, previously untold story. Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island opens with Caire's early life as a San Francisco businessman and his acquisition of Santa Cruz Island, where he created a ranching kingdom based on sheep, cattle, and wine. Frederic Caire Chiles examines the business practices of the Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island companies, documenting the island's economic ups and downs and the environmental impact of ranching in those days. Above all, he looks at the family's daily life on the island from the mid-nineteenth into the twentieth century. This epic contains tragic elements, as well. What began as a profitable ranch and an idyllic retreat ended in the family divided by bitter litigation and the forced sale of the island. Family diaries and letters enable Chiles to tell the story of an intensely private clan and its struggle to hold an island dynasty together. The history of Santa Cruz Island has never been told so thoroughly. Frederic Caire Chiles holds a doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a freelance writer and the former managing director of Positive Image, Ltd., a marketing communications firm in England. Marla Daily is the President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. 
Price: 20.85 USD
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13 COPPOCK, SIMON (EDITOR). Time Out: San Francisco.
Time Out Guides Ltd., London: 2004. 5th Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Includes: the very best places to eat and drink, a comprehensive round-up of the cultural scene, neighborhood strolls, the best beaches, and great food on a budget. Selected as the best city guid series by The Independent and The Sunday Times. 
Price: 3.96 USD
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14 CROSBY, HARRY W. Californio Portraits: Baja California's Vanishing Culture.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. Volume 4 in Before Gold: California Under Spain and Mexico. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
First published in 1981, Harry W. Crosby's Last of the Californios captured the history of the mountain people of Baja California during a critical moment of transition, when the 1974 completion of the transpeninsular highway increased the Californios' contact with the outside world and profoundly affected their traditional way of life. This updated and expanded version of that now-classic work incorporates the fruits of further investigation into the Californios' lives and history, by Crosby and others. The result is the most thorough and extensive account of the people of Baja California from the time of the peninsula's occupation by the Spaniards in the seventeenth century to the present. Californio Portraits combines history and sociology to provide an in-depth view of a culture that has managed to survive dramatic changes. Having ridden hundreds of miles by mule to visit with various Californio families and gain their confidence, Crosby provides an unparalleled view of their unique lifestyle. Beginning with the story of the first Californios—the eighteenth-century presidio soldiers who accompanied Jesuit missionaries, followed by miners and independent ranchers—Crosby provides personal accounts of their modern-day descendants and the ways they build their homes, prepare their food, find their water, and tan their cowhides. Augmenting his previous work with significant new sources, material, and photographs, he draws a richly textured portrait of a people unlike any other—families cultivating skills from an earlier century, living in semi-isolation for decades and, even after completion of the transpeninsular highway, reachable only by mule and horseback. Combining a revised and updated text with a new foreword, introduction, and updated bibliography, Californio Portraits offers the clearest and most detailed portrait possible of a fascinating, unique, and inaccessible people and culture. 96 black and white illustrations, 4 maps. Harry W. Crosby is a photographer and historian who specializes in the history of Alta California and Baja California. His books include Gateway to Alta California: The Expedition to San Diego, 1769, Antigua California: Mission and Colony on the Peninsular Frontier, 1697-1768, and The Cave Paintings of Baja California: Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People. "Descended from the first Mexican families who settled the region, the remote mountain people of Baja California follow a lifestyle that preserves their traditional folkways. In lively, elegant prose and stunning photographs, Harry W. Crosby portrays the Californios' customs and rich heritage. This newly updated version of Crosby's seminal work on the Sierra de Guadalupe will become an indispensable reference for scholars, Baja California devotees, and anyone interested in the complete saga of northwestern Mexico and the American southwest."—Iris H. W. Engstrand author of San Diego: California's Cornerstone and William Wolfskill: Frontier Trapper to California Ranchero 
Price: 28.69 USD
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15 DE WIT, WIM & ALEXANDER, CHRISTOPHER JAMES (EDITORS). Overdrive: L.a. Constructs The Future, 1940-1990.
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
From 1940 to 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. During this era, the region was transformed into a laboratory for cutting-edge architecture. Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940—1990 examines these experiments and their impact on modern design, reframes the perceptions of Los Angeles's dynamic built environment, and amplifies the exploration of the city's vibrant architectural legacy. The drawings, models, and images highlighted in the Overdrive exhibition and catalogue reveal the complex and often underappreciated facets of Los Angeles and illustrate how the metropolis became an internationally recognized destination with a unique design vocabulary, canonical landmarks, and a coveted lifestyle. This investigation builds upon the groundbreaking work of generations of historians, theorists, curators, critics, and activists who have researched and expounded upon the development of Los Angeles. In this volume, thought-provoking essays shed more light on the exhibition's narratives, including Los Angeles's physical landscape, the rise of modernism, the region's influential residential architecture, its buildings for commerce and transportation, and architects' pioneering uses of bold forms, advanced materials, and new technologies. Los Angeles's ability to facilitate change, experiment, recalibrate, and forge ahead is one of its greatest strengths. Future generations are destined to harness the region's enviable resources to create new layers of architectural innovations. The related exhibition was held at the J. Paul Getty Museum April 9 to July 21, 2013. 320 pages, 10 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches, 112 color and 98 black-and-white illustrations, 4 line drawings, hardcover. Wim de Wit is an architectural historian and former head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He has organized numerous exhibitions and contributed to catalogues about topics in the history of twentieth-century architecture, including Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky: Life as a Voyage (Birkhäuser, 2007). Christopher James Alexander is assistant curator of architecture and design at the Getty Research Institute. He is the author of Julius Shulman's Los Angeles (Getty, 2011). "This catalog offers a kaleidoscopic overview of Los Angeles as built environs." —Winterthur Portfolio "A handsome exhibition catalog." —Wall Street Journal "[This volume] offers non-Angelinos a chance to reframe their imagined views of this quintessentially quirky conurbation. —New York Review of Books "Masterful. . . . Under four wide headings De Wit and Alexander invite a stellar roster of historians to exhume the city's past." —Los Angeles Review of Books "Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 . . . produces an incisive critique and an oddly exhilarating reverie by excavating remains—archival photos and ads, engineering drawings, architectural renderings and models—that document LA's continuing failures in architecture and urban planning." —Bookforum "This book is unmatched in portraying the personality of Los Angeles's urbanism. Essential for all students of architecture and urbanism." —Library Journal "An eye-opening compendium of architectural drawings and b&w photos . . . along with 11 essays on how Los Angeles came to be what it is today." —Book News 
Price: 56.95 USD
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16 DEUTSCH, RICK. One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, Everything You Need To Know To Successfully Hike Yosemite's Most Famous Landmark.
Wilderness Press, Berkeley: 2008. Second Printing. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
The hike to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome is one of America's epic dashikis. Starting in Yosemite Valley you'll ascend nearly one vertical mile past two impressive waterfalls, through fragrant pin, fir, and cedar forest, then 425 feet up sheer granite on the famed steel cables to the summit, where you'll enjoy some of the grandest views of your life. If you do it right, you'll be back down in that valley celebrating your accomplishment later that evening. Not sure you have what it takes to make this 15+ mile trek? This step-by-step guidebook will tell you exactly how to hit the trail with confidence. Here you'll find: Detailed, specific advice on the proper physical conditioning, A Trail-tested list of what to wear and bring on the hike, 16 key Points of of Interest along the trail, and Tips on how to secure hard-to-get accommodations in the valley. 
Price: 11.88 USD
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17 DITMARS, ELSA; TATGENHORST, ANNE (ILLUSTRATED BY). California Under Sail: A Guide To Beaches, Boat Trips, Maritime Museums, Islands, & Coastal Adventures.
Country Roads Press, Castine: 1994. 1566260426 / 9781566260428 s Softcover. Good condition with slight soiling to front cover. 
In this one-of-a-kind travel guide, you'll find the most comprehensive descriptions and listings of California sea-related vacation ideas available anywhere. This book features listings of vacation options from Alcatraz Island to the Queen Mary, from whale watching to windsurfing. Includes an Index. 
Price: 29.69 USD
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18 DOWNEY, LYNN. A Short History Of Sonoma.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Sonoma is one of Northern California's most desirable places to live and a popular tourist destination, combining small-town charm, a colorful past, and its current role as the hub of one of the world's premier wine-producing regions. A Short History of Sonoma traces its past from the Native American peoples who first inhabited the valley, proceeding through the establishment of a mission by Spanish priests, the Bear Flag Revolt that began California's movement to become part of the United States, the foundation of what would become a celebrated wine industry, and its role today as the center of a sophisticated and highly envied food and wine culture. The book also addresses such topics as the development of local ranching and businesses and of transportation links to San Francisco that helped to make Sonoma and the surrounding Valley of the Moon a popular location for summer homes and resorts. It discusses the role of the nearby hot springs in attracting visitors and permanent residents, including people seeking cures for various ailments. There are also accounts of some of the famous people who lived in or near Sonoma and helped establish its mystique, including Mexican general Mariano Vallejo, the town's first leader; Hungarian winemaker Agoston Haraszthy, who first saw the region's potential for producing superior wines; and writers Jack London and M. F. K. Fisher, who made their homes in the Valley of the Moon, drawn by its beauty and bucolic lifestyle. A Short History of Sonoma is generously illustrated with vintage photographs. It is a delightful account of one of America's most charming towns and its evolution from rowdy frontier settlement to the paragon of sophisticated living that it is today. Lynn Downey is a native California historian, author, and archivist. She has published books and articles on topics ranging from the history of jeans, the treatment of tuberculosis in California, American art pottery, and Arizona dude ranch towns. In 2012 she received a Charles Donald O'Malley Short-Term Research Fellowship at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library/ History and Special Collections Division of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Future projects include the story of her grandmother's experience in a California tuberculosis sanatorium and the San Francisco doctor who saved her life, as well as a murder mystery featuring Southwestern Native American themes. She is a member of the Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West. A fifth-generation resident of Sonoma, California, she grows grapes for her private wine label, Luna Sonoma. Her website is at "Lynn Downey brings to life the unique stories of Sonoma Valley's history." -Diane Moll Smith, director of the Depot Park Museum and the Sonoma Valley Historical Society "This is a superbly written general history. I cannot think of a better introduction to the town's history. It was a joy to read." -Gary F. Kurutz, special collections librarian emeritus, California State Library, Sacramento "This is the first book about Sonoma to distill the major events and significant people associated with the area into one accessible volume. Downey has a strong narrative voice that effortlessly guides the reader through decades of information." -Richard Moreno, author of A Short History of Carson City 
Price: 20.85 USD
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Lane Books, Menlo Park: 1963. Fifth Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
In the richness of its diversity, the grandeur of its scenic attractions, and the excitement of its visual contrasts, California stirs those who know it to hyperbole and extravagant appreciation. Here is an introduction in color as well as black and white to its seachore, desert,mountain ranges, navigable rivers, waterfalls, landlocked harbors, farming plains, glaciers, perpetual snow, slumbering volcanoes, lakes and inland seas - all found within the spacious boundaries of the state. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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20 ERIE, STEVEN P.; KOGAN, VLADIMIR & MACKENZIE, SCOTT A. Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis And Governance Failures In San Diego.
Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The early 21st century has not been kind to California's reputation for good government. But the Golden State's governance flaws reflect worrisome national trends with origins in the 1970s and 1980s. Growing voter distrust with government, a demand for services but not taxes to pay for them, a sharp decline in enlightened leadership and effective civic watchdogs, and dysfunctional political institutions have all contributed to the current governance malaise. Until recently, San Diego, California—America's 8th largest city—seemed immune to such systematic governance disorders. This sunny beach town entered the 1990s proclaiming to be "America's Finest City," but in a few short years its reputation went from "Futureville" to "Enron-by-the-Sea." In this eye-opening and telling narrative, Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan, and Scott A. MacKenzie mix policy analysis, political theory, and history to explore and explain the unintended but largely predictable failures of governance in San Diego. Using untapped primary sources—interviews with key decision makers and public documents—and benchmarking San Diego with other leading California cities, Paradise Plundered examines critical dimensions of San Diego's governance failure: a multi-billion dollar pension deficit; a chronic budget deficit; inadequate city services and infrastructure; grandiose planning initiatives divorced from dire fiscal realities; an insulated downtown redevelopment program plagued by poorly-crafted public-private partnerships; and, for the metropolitan region, inadequate airport and port facilities, a severe underinvestment in firefighting capacity despite destructive wildfires, and heightened Mexican border security concerns. Far from a sunny story of paradise and prosperity, this account takes stock of an important but understudied city, its failed civic leadership, and poorly performing institutions, policymaking, and planning. Though the extent of these failures may place San Diego in a league of its own, other cities are experiencing similar challenges and political changes. As such, this tale of civic woe offers valuable lessons for urban scholars, practitioners, and general readers concerned about the future of their own cities. Steven P. Erie is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Rainbow's End: Irish Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics (1998), Globalizing L.A.: Trade, Infrastructure, and Regional Development (Stanford, 2004), and Beyond 'Chinatown': The Metropolitan Water District, Growth, and the Environment in Southern California (Stanford, 2006). Vladimir Kogan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Scott A. MacKenzie is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. "It takes more than scenery to make a successful city—or a solvent state, for that matter. Chronicling the near-deliberate dismantlement of San Diego, Paradise Plundered relates how a favored city squandered its heritage and thereby set forth a warning to the rest of the nation." —Kevin Starr, University of Southern California "Paradise Plundered provides a trenchant analysis of governance and public policy in San Diego over the past two decades. The authors show how weak public institutions and persistent anti-tax sentiment created a grossly underfunded pension system, massive structural deficits, and a balkanized city. San Diego's fall from grace offers a cautionary tale that is a must read for anyone who cares about effective urban government."—Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley "A landmark expose of how fiscal populism provides camouflage for private greed in America's most badly governed big city. San Diego's celebrated 'public-private partnerships' are unmasked as Ponzi schemes on the road to municipal ruin."—Mike Davis, University of California, Riverside "Paradise Plundered chronicles San Diego's decline from one of the nation's best governed cities to its current position as poster child for inept city management. Meticulously researched and convincingly argued, [it] is a cautionary tale for any community that demands good government but is unwilling to pay for it."—Joel Rast, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
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