By Steve Swatt,Susie Swatt,Rebecca LaVally,Jeff Raimundo,Bruce E. Cain

Winner of the 2014 California historic Society booklet Award

The newest CHS e-book Award winner examines California's heritage in the course of the prism of twelve elections that perpetually replaced the nation. Drawing from a wealth of basic assets, together with new interviews performed by way of the authors, every one bankruptcy explores one election (Leland Stanford's gubernatorial race, the initiative that mandated time period limits, and the l. a. Aqueduct Bond degree, to call a few), revealing the forces in the back of the alternatives made on the polls and the implications that hold over to this present day. The authors supply thought-provoking interpretation rooted in many years of expertise in journalism, public-policy research, and political consulting on the country Capitol. via their views we larger comprehend the complicated online game performed in Sacramento through contenders akin to the bespectacled and wonderful innovative reformer Hiram Johnson, iconoclastic muckraker-turned-candidate Upton Sinclair, and Proposition thirteen writer Howard Jarvis, along with his zealous oratory and machete method of tax reform. by way of concentrating on elections, the authors exhibit that Californians' voices are as strong and transformative because the tectonic forces underneath us.

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