Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California (Paperback)
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Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 15/10/2015
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***Winner of the 2014 California Historical Society Book Award***
Game Changers provides a history of California through the prism of twelve elections that dramatically impacted subsequent generations of Californians and forever changed the direction of the state. Using primary research (interviews, oral histories, archival files) as well as secondary research, Game Changers explores, explains and interprets the circumstances and consequences of twelve far-reaching elections in which California voters -- whether by margins wide or narrow -- charted the state's bellwether course. Chapters move from the early days of astonishing graft at the state's highest echelons to today's storied battles over the influence of monied interests, term limits and do-it-yourself democracy.

Publisher: Heyday Books
ISBN: 9781597143202
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Highly entertaining and scrupulously researched."--Ed Goldman, Sacramento Business Journal

"The book is full of characters that a fiction writer would be envious of creating, tales of machinations and anecdotes that liven the storytelling. Extensive research and interviews with participants involved in the more modern elections enrich the telling."--Fox&Hounds

"A well-researched and thoroughly engaging source for understanding Sacramento's continuing gridlock, the ballot initiative system, and (sadly) the negative political campaigns still with us."--Jeff Harter, Blue Heron

"This simply is an excellent book--an excellent idea, excellently executed. It's compelling, easy reading without airs, telling the pertinent political stories that shaped California."--George Skelton, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times

"A fascinating account of California's political history as viewed through the prism of critical elections from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present....Events and an array of interesting characters spring to life in these pages."--Jack Citrin, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"A compelling analysis of the effect of voting and voters on framing the good, the bad, and the ugly of governance in the Golden State."--Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of the practice of public policy communication, University of Southern California

"Here we get gripping insider portraits of elections that not only served as high political drama, but also changed the historical trajectory of America's most dynamic state."--Ethan Rarick, author of California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown

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