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How California Turned Into a ‘State of Resistance’

April 27, 2018

What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future
By Manuel Pastor
277 pp. The New Press. $26.99.

For a few decades after World War II, California seemed a showcase of what America could and would become. From Hollywood, Disneyland and the Beach Boys’ surf cities, its pop culture radiated eastward across the continent, and beyond. Its freeways and sprawling suburbs seemed to represent the new American residential model. Its ambitions for public parks and education were stupendous. Within a five-year early-1960s span during the sun-king administration of Gov. Pat Brown, father of the current Gov. Jerry Brown, the University of California system opened three new campuses: at San Diego, Irvine and Santa Cruz, all now major research centers.

So begins James Fallows’ review of a new book on California. You may read the rest of his review at the New York Times here.

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  1. April 27, 2018 8:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Buffalo Doug.

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