Book Review / December 11, 2022
Book Review - California

California

An American History
By: John Mack Faragher

Book Review

An enjoyable, readable, and portrait style history of California. It was published in 2022 and thus, enjoys the benefit of including major recent events in its final chapter.

California is perhaps the most notorious state the U.S. for more reasons than most can account for in one sitting, and John Faragher does an impressive job bringing this all together into 40 short-story portraits. Common themes do emerge from these portraits that would be recognizable by most Americans. Yet, "hearing" (reading) them united together in this volume caused palpable unrest and a desire for resolution in me that that seemed to match the that the spirit of California. I supposed that alludes to Faragher's success with this book.

I do have one big (big to me) criticism of this book. There is no real source material. I know that probably makes the book feel more accessible to more people, but it also makes me very skeptical. The abused and mistreated people groups in California's history deserve to be seen in heard through the telling of this story in this volume, but also through giving source material do others can learn more. Without source material, It is almost like a story that is only half told. And, a simple selected biography or endnotes can also make the book feel less academic. I contacted the publisher to see if they will provide any source material.

Book Review / Dec 11
Book Review - California

California

An American History
By: John Mack Faragher

Book Review

An enjoyable, readable, and portrait style history of California. It was published in 2022 and thus, enjoys the benefit of including major recent events in its final chapter.

California is perhaps the most notorious state the U.S. for more reasons than most can account for in one sitting, and John Faragher does an impressive job bringing this all together into 40 short-story portraits. Common themes do emerge from these portraits that would be recognizable by most Americans. Yet, "hearing" (reading) them united together in this volume caused palpable unrest and a desire for resolution in me that that seemed to match the that the spirit of California. I supposed that alludes to Faragher's success with this book.

I do have one big (big to me) criticism of this book. There is no real source material. I know that probably makes the book feel more accessible to more people, but it also makes me very skeptical. The abused and mistreated people groups in California's history deserve to be seen in heard through the telling of this story in this volume, but also through giving source material do others can learn more. Without source material, It is almost like a story that is only half told. And, a simple selected biography or endnotes can also make the book feel less academic. I contacted the publisher to see if they will provide any source material.

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