Golden Gate by Kevin Starr

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Synopsis

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.
 

About Kevin Starr

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Kevin Starr is one of America’s most celebrated historians. His many books include a magisterial seven-volume history of California ("Monumental."—Atlantic Monthly). He currently teaches at the University of Southern California.
 
Published July 15, 2010 by Bloomsbury Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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By California's foremost historian, a paean to perhaps "the most beautiful bridge ever built."

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The New York Times

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The California historian Kevin Starr’s latest book chronicles the building of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The New York Times

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The scholar Kevin Starr explores the history and meaning of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Bridge is so beautiful—it offers such a lovely play of color, it is such a wonder of engineering and design, not to mention a wonder of location, reaching across San Francisco Bay—that it inspires artists, soothes jaded city residents, lures tourists and even tempts suicides, who have a choi...

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Los Angeles Times

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Starr and Hiltzik breathe life into the back stories of two soaring monuments that forever changed California: the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam.

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The Washington Post

Its towers are bigger, badder and bolder than the Washington Monument or the Statue of Liberty, and as far as Kevin Starr is concerned, the Golden Gate Bridge is America's premier "triumph of engineering" and a "work of art."

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BookPage

Kevin Starr calls the Golden Gate Bridge America’s greatest bridge.

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San Francisco Chronicle

{Photo by Frederic Larson / San Francisco Chronicle} Photo: Frederic Larson, The Chronicle A full moon rose over the Golden Gate Bridge April 20, 2008 as it the bridges north tower framed t...

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