Golden Gate The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge (Paperback)
|Author: Kevin Starr|
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|A lyrical account of the building and significance of the Golden Gate Bridge, the quintessential image of California''s breathtaking blend of nature and civilization, from an award-winning authority on California history.|
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The Golden Gate Bridge links the urbanity of San Francisco with the wild headlands of Marin County, as if to suggest the paradox of California and America itself-the place that Fitzgerald saw as the last spot commensurate with the human capacity for wonder. The bridge, completed in 1937, also announced to the world America's engineering prowess and full assumption of its destined continental dominance. The Golden Gate is a counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, pronouncing American achievement in an unmistakable American fashion. The nation's very history is expressed in the bridge's art deco style and stark verticality. ||Kevin Starr's Golden Gate is a brilliant and passionate telling of the history of the bridge, and the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain-sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art.
The winner of the prestigious National Humanities Medal, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN, Kevin Starr is the preeminent historian of the state of California, known primarily for a seven-volume series: Americans and the California Dream. A Californian himself, Starr attended the University of San Francisco, earning a B.A. in English in 1962. In 1969 he earned his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard. ||Starr's multi-volume work traces the history of his home state from the 1850s through modern times, explaining California's dynamic growth and its importance in the growth of America. It covers, among other things, the Gold Rush, massive immigration, the entertainment industry, the defense industry, the rise of suburbia, and urban unrest. All this was distilled into a one-volume work entitled CALIFORNIA; A HISTORY.||In addition to his scholarly writings, Kevin Starr wrote a column for the San Francisco Examiner, and was the California state librarian for 10 years. He also authored introductions to the Penguin editions of THE OCTOPUS and MCTEAGUE.