The Pacific States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Five Pacific Basin States

The Pacific States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Five Pacific Basin States

The Pacific States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Five Pacific Basin States

The Pacific States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Five Pacific Basin States

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This is a book about the Pacific rim states, part of a series covering the story of each major geographic region and all of the 50 states of America in our time. The objective is simply to let Americans (and foreigners too) know something of the profound diversity of peoples and life styles and geographic habitat and political behavior that make this the most fascinating nation on earth.

Only one project like this has been attempted before, and it inspired these books: John Gunther's Inside U.S.A. , researched during World War II and published in 1947. Gunther was the first man in U.S. history to visit each of the states and then to give a good and true account of the American condition as he found it. But his book is a quarter of a century old; it was written before the fantastic economic and population growth of the postwar era, growth that has transformed the face of this land and altered the life of its people and lifted us to heights of glory and depths of national despair beyond our wildest past dreams. Before he died, I consulted John Gunther about a new book. He recognized the need for such a work, and he gave me, as he put it, his "good luck signal."

But what was to be a single book became several, simply because I found America today too vast, too complex to fit into a single volume. A first book, The Megastates of America , treated America's 10 most heavily populated states. This volume, together with a companion book, The Mountain States of America , begins the exploration of the other 40. Here are Oregon and Washington, the unalike Northwest twins; Alaska and Hawaii, both so different from all the rest of America; and the nation state of California. The California chapter represents an expansion and updating of the version which appeared in The Megastates of America , now including more detail on natural regions, conservation battles, and the places where people live -- small towns and cities, the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and suburbia. Succeeding books will view separately people, politics, and power in the Plains States, Deep South, Border South, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and New England States.

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