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Fiction and travel writer Thurston Clarke, fascinated with earthquakes since learning of his father's near-death earthquake experience and his own near miss, sets off on a journey down the San Andreas fault to learn about California and Californians' relationship with the ever-threatening earthquakes that periodically ravage it.
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busterhoudini, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by busterhoudini)
Ah! I loved this book! Not only does he give the history of his ancestor during the California Gold Rush for history buffs but he ends the book with words of wisdom! Now, you may wonder here,what does that have to do with the San Andreas Fault? I won't be a plot spoiler so you must read the book to understand what I mean. His ancestor was a man of enormous courage and high ethical standards in the early days of the "wild west" as it were(and a historian at the same too). In addition, the author himself has included many anecdotal stories of California's "urban sprawl" problem. Do we as Californians(of which I am one) really want ugly strip malls all the way from the Bay Area clear up to Sacramento? I think not! Speaking for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this authors telling of California's haphazard planning of its cities growth and the lack of concern(for the most part) of its own environmental issues surrounding the growth of those cities mentioned. Which, by the way leads up to issues of crime and unemployment in overcrowded and lower income neighborhoods. So much for the politics in California! And again, I did enjoy his description of the location of the San Andreas Fault Line and his personal views and those of others who have survived the quakes here in California. Need I mention that I survived the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989? Well in the light of that comment I will end right here suggesting that people get a copy of this book to read if only to be made aware of how we as Californians need to remember our past and to be vigilant in our future as far as earthquakes are concerned, and as neighbors and Californians be prepared for the "next big one"!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345385666
Subtitle:
Looking for the Spirit of a State Along the San Andreas
Author:
Clarke, Thurston
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Earthquakes
Subject:
Geographical perception
Subject:
Landscape changes
Subject:
California Social life and customs.
Subject:
Earthquakes -- California -- History.
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
pt. 2
Publication Date:
19960326
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
ix, 417 p.
Dimensions:
9.71x6.52x1.39 in. 1.59 lbs.

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