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The Last Days of the Late, Great State of California

The Last Days of the Late Great State of California What would happen to California and to the rest of the world if the Big One hit Told from the point of view of a historian writing two years after an earthquake has totally destroyed California Most

  • Title: The Last Days of the Late, Great State of California
  • Author: Curt Gentry
  • ISBN: 9780891740216
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • What would happen to California, and to the rest of the world, if the Big One hit Told from the point of view of a historian writing two years after an earthquake has totally destroyed California Most of the book is an insider s eye view of California politics in the 1950s and 1960s.

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    1. Curt Gentry

      Curt Gentry is an American writer He is best known for co writing the book Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi 1974 , which detailed the Charles Manson murders Frame Up was a nominee for the 1968 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime book.Helter Skelter won a 1975 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime book.J.Edgar Hoover won the 1992 PEN Center West Literary Award for Non Fiction.Gentry lives in San Francisco, California.

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    1. I grew up in CA and was in my 20s in the 1960s, so I really enjoyed the CA history this author details in the this book about the demise of CA in 1969 by a 9 Richter scale earthquake. The first 300 pages are history and non-fiction, including: Governor Pat Brown's administration; the political campaign between Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan; the Watts riots; the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley; conservative enclaves such as Orange County; Cezar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union; saving the [...]


    2. What would the world be without California? The second portion of the book, about its latter quarter, attempts to answer this question by exploring contemporary Californian contributions, covering exports and technological advances. The bulk of the work, though, is a perspective-driven history of the state which focuses on the sixties in particular. I learned tons from this book (including, I must say, not to gild Reagan's reputation), and would recommend it as a supplement for, say, the Kevin S [...]


    3. Read this when I first moved to California. Some of it is interesting, definitely worth reading. My favorite story was about the first known nymphomaniac in California, Lucinda. She travelled in a wagon train. They gave her to the Indian, but the Indians gave her back.



    4. This book is interesting in an odd way. Written in 1968, it purports to have been written in 1972, approximately three years after the Great Quake that Wrecked California. The first three chapters in the book, California North, Central Valley, and California South, actually cover the history of the 1966 gubernatorial election between Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan as well as other tidbits of the "California Experience". I found some things I didn't know about the history of that election as well as [...]


    5. Basic premise: California has perished in some sort of seismic cataclysm. Let us review what we knew of California! A combination of Twain-ish weirdo history, occasionally boring electoral politics (look, I know I should be way more interested in how Ronald Reagan got elected governor, but I'm just not), and apocalyptic novel. Very much appealed to the occasional California chauvinist in me, though I had to hold my nose through the inclusion of "freedom for gay people" on lists of the late great [...]


    6. A lot of information about the state. Read it many years ago when living there and never forgot it.Must read for every Californian, native or otherwise. Some information is outdated, of course, but still a great read.


    7. This is one of my all-time favorites, an allegorical history of California (as goes California, so goes the nation). Why oh why can't this be in print again, and required reading in all US history/civics classes?


    8. Because I've lived in California since the 1960s, I find this book fun to read, but slightly outdated. So much has happened to the state since this book was written that a sequel might be needed.


    9. Read this book, then look again at the publishing date and you will say, "How could this have been written in 1969?" Curt Gentry(view spoiler)[ was able to predict so much that has occurred in California over the last 40 years, perhaps he is a modern age Nostradamus. (hide spoiler)]


    10. This book was written in 1971 and in the form of a documentary. Its really a love story about California but its fascinating to read about the actual rise of California and its fictional demise to a horrible earthquake. A great, quick and interesting read.


    11. I saw this in the Bookworm, but didn't pick it up and rather regret that. I'd like to see an updated edition, though.


    12. Did not live up to the potential of its title. It was going for a satirical political commentary, but it doesn't push hard enough to be very successful either as a satire or a political commentary.


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