Golden Gate

The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

By Kevin Starr
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781596915343, 215pp.)

Publication Date: July 6, 2010

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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.




About the Author
Kevin Starr is California State Librarian and University Professor at the University of Southern California. He is the author of the acclaimed multi-volume series "Americans and the California Dream" (1973-1998). Richard J. Orsi is Professor of History at California State University, Hayward, and editor of "California History." He is the coeditor of "Contested Eden: California before the Gold Rush" (California, 1998) and "A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California" (California, 1999).
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