Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California DreamRobert Dawson and Gray Brechin. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999.
"I noticed the emptiness of the sky long before I saw it on the land. Approaching Sacramento on the Yolo Causeway, I saw a sky free of motion. Where historic accounts spoke of torrents of birds so dense that they cast a shadow on the ground, of thunderous rivers of geese, ducks, and swans moving down the state to the lagoons of Mexico and beyond, now there was nothing. Like most Californians, I'd come to take the emptiness for granted.
As a historian, I now see it everywhere - a growing and unseen poverty in the well-advertised land of plenty - and I know we did it to ourselves."
Review: San Francisco Chroncicle
Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly RuinGray Brechin. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999.
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