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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Starr Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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Acclaimed author, historian, and Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Starr is a professor at the University of Southern California. His extensive knowledge shines through this concise, yet comprehensive, depiction of the most fascinating aspects in California’s history. From its colonial beginnings through Governor Schwarzenegger’s administration, the Golden State has become a uniquely American phenomenon that has enchanted people with the possibility of a better life. In so doing, it has become a uniquely American phenomenon. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Kevin Starr is one of California’s greatest historians, and California: A History is an invaluable contribution to our state’s record and lore.”

    Maria Shriver, former first lady of California

  • “[A] fast-paced and wide-ranging history…[Starr] accomplishes the feat with skill, grace, and verve.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “This straight, chronological history opens with a fascinating survey of the geology, climate, flora, and fauna of the region, and then the author provides interesting insights into the achievements and failings of Spanish and Mexican governance, while he pays particular attention to the sad fate of California’s indigenous peoples…Starr’s treatment of the topics such as the gold rush, the growth of high-tech industries, and the emergence of California as the center of the motion-picture industry is handled with great aplomb. For both general readers and those with a particular interest in regional history, this is an informative and enjoyable reading experience.”


  • “From Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Donner Party to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Kevin Starr captures the fullness of California history in one sweeping and masterful narrative. Starr is not only the Golden State’s greatest living chronicler, he is also one of its greatest treasures.”

    Gregory Rodríguez, senior fellow, New America Foundation, and contributing editor, Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Benjamin | 2/17/2014

    " Engaging and very informative concise history of California. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz Paegel | 2/12/2014

    " Great read, like riding a race horse through time. Entertaining, fast paced, and interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/31/2014

    " Oh California! The sweeping history of the edge of America, compressed into a relatively short volume. As a single volume, you lose a huge amount, but you still get a lot: I was vaguely aware of the founding mythos and history of the state, but there's a lot between 1860 and 1990 that I didn't know, or didn't know much about. It will leave you wanting more -- whether that is frustrating or exciting is up to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ken | 1/25/2014

    " A solid one-volume brief history of California. The latter chapters seem thrown together, but otherwise this is a fast, smart read. "

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