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National Audubon Society Field Guide to California
A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna.
California: A History (Modern Library Chronicles)
Arguing that America’s most populous state has always been blessed with both spectacular natural beauty and astonishing human diversity, Starr unfolds a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph.
For generations, California’s native peoples basked in the abundance of a climate and topography eminently suited to human habitation. By the time the Spanish arrived in the early sixteenth century, there were scores of autonomous tribes were thriving in the region. Though conquest was rapid, nearly two centuries passed before Spain exerted control over upper California through the chain of missions that stand to this day.
The discovery of gold in January 1848 changed everything. With population increasing exponentially as get-rich-quick dreamers converged from all over the world, California reinvented itself overnight. Starr deftly traces the successive waves of innovation and calamity that have broken over the state since then–the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons and the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world’s entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the heroic irrigation and transportation projects that have altered the face of the region; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace.
A Natural History of California
Abundantly illustrated, this natural history takes California apart, region by region, telling about its variety of landforms, habitats and wildlife. This updated second edition features new species, park details, information on the impacts of a changing climate on the state and new stories about people's interactions with the wild.
San Diego's Navy: An Illustrated History
The generously illustrated book tells the intriguing story of how a reluctant Navy department slowly realized San Diego's attributes and then took bold action to consolidate its position. This discerning history provides a sweeping and long overdue view of the city and base that has influenced the lives of countless thousands of American Navy men and women and their families.
Building the Dream: The Design and Construction of the Hotel Del Coronado
In celebration of the Hotel del Coronado’s 120th anniversary in 2008, the resort published this book "Building The Dream: The Design and Construction of the Hotel del Coronado." Hotel del Coronado was conceived early in California’s history, well before San Diego had the materials or manpower to support such an effort. Despite these logistical challenges, the hotel’s construction took less than a year. Early on, it was the resort’s architecture that distinguished The Del. With a sweeping silhouette and a whimsy of turrets and towers, the Hotel del Coronado became instantly recognizable.
Hotel Del Coronado: An American Treasure with a Storybook Past
In 1977, the Hotel Del Coronado was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In honoring the occasion, the National trust paid homage to The Del's legendary reputation. "This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the USA" as one of the last surviving Victorian resorts, The Del has played a part in American history of more than 100 years.
Moon San Diego
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout San Diego.
San Diego: An Introduction to the Region
This accessible, comprehensive history covers the geology, agriculture and natural features as well as the social and urban development of San Diego and surrounding areas. Includes maps and illustrations.
San Diego Legends: Events, People and Places that Made History
As the title suggests, this is a compendium of the history makers of San Diego and the places and events that have contributed greatly to making San Diego what it is today. This book gives a nice nice background of the city for curious visitors.
Jackrabbits to Jets
The book covers the amazing history of North Island Naval Air Station from its beginning to around the late 1960's.
San Diego Then and Now
Charting San Diego’s growth from a small village to a gorgeous beach city, this heavily illustrated regional portrait pairs 100 archival photographs with full-color shots of the same scene today.
I Cover the Waterfront: Stories from the San Diego Shore
Special reporter for the San Diego Sun Max Miller set down his impressions of the San Diego waterfront -- from the departure of the Sardine Fleet to the hunt for elephant seals for the zoo to the sailing of the California fruit liners -- capturing the romantic spirit of the harbor and deep-sea life.