Embattled Dreams. California in War and Peace, 1940 - 1950
first editionred spine lettered in blue over red boards
by STARR Kevin
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. First edition. red spine lettered in blue over red boards. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (fine). Quarto. Illustrated with numerous photographs Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. His monumental cultural history “Americans and the California Dream” have been hailed as “mature, well-proportioned, and marvelously diverse (and diverting).” Kevin Starr is the State Librarian of California/ He also holds the rank of University Professor in the Department of History of the University of Southern California."Embattled Dreams" the sixth volume in this monumental work, looks at the 1940s California, the war years and their aftermath. The years surrounding World War II were a time of sweeping change, drama and intrigue, heroism and tragedy, a decade that saw the emergence of a new, more powerful role for California in the nation. Starr captures this exciting era with his unique vision and masterful prose. He describes the vast expansion of the war industry and California's role as '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. ..." from the dust jacket. (Inventory #: 33464)
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