Official Review: California: On the Edge of American Hist...

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
Post Reply
User avatar
greenstripedgiraffe
Posts: 758
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 243
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-greenstripedgiraffe.html
Latest Review: California: On the Edge of American History by Ronald Genini

Official Review: California: On the Edge of American Hist...

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 03 Jul 2018, 13:03

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "California: On the Edge of American History" by Ronald Genini.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


Have you ever wondered just how various states developed into their modern form? Part of the United States of America, yet with sufficient individualistic characteristics to nearly be its own self-sustaining country, California is rich in fertile land. Modern California provides food for much of the world, loudly proclaims diversity, and sets many precedents for the rest of the country. In order to truly understand California, one must delve deep into history to discover what behind this unique west coast state.

Ronald Genini has written a lengthy book that explains how a rich section of land inhabited by Native Americans quickly became a favored land of legends and at last a settled country. California: On the Edge of American History is filled with legends, first-hand testimonies, historical documents, and copious records. Genini's book doesn't stop with ancient history, however. He goes on to discuss modern events through 2015, at which time I assume the book was first published.

Tales of Cortez and his famous search for El Dorado (City of Gold), Spanish missions, Indian massacres, entrepreneurs, Russians, love stories, conquistadors, and more fill the pages of this book. Written in an easy to understand style, my biggest complaint is the length. It took me half of forever to read! I understand that Genini's book is used as a textbook in some California schools, but for the average reader, you would have both love all the details and have more than a mild interest in the state in order to fully appreciate this book. It's plain that the author spent much time researching in order to so thoroughly capture the essence of each time period represented.

I did not find grammatical errors in the book, which led me to believe this has been professionally edited. The author has a mastery of language and makes use of impeccable imagery; one can nearly "experience" California history while reading. Given that this is a non-fiction book, I am pleased to note that it is well-documented throughout. Although it is nearly impossible for any historian to write without some bias, the author did a fine job of keeping bias to a minimum, which I deeply appreciated.

Again, the biggest issue with this book is the sheer length. I would suggest for easier processing, this could easily be split into a multi-volume work. Due to the impressive amount of documented facts, easy reading style and lack of errors, I rate this 4 out of 4 stars. However, I feel that it is written for a fairly selective audience rather than the general populace due to the extensive treatment of the topic.

******
California: On the Edge of American History
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like greenstripedgiraffe's review? Post a comment saying so!
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase

Dahmy 10
Posts: 115
Joined: 18 Feb 2018, 05:06
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 30
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dahmy-10.html
Latest Review: Heartaches 2 by H.M. Irwing

Post by Dahmy 10 » 04 Jul 2018, 05:39

I think I agree with your suggestion of splitting the book into volumes, not all of us have that motivation to turn immense pages...

I love the book because I love history, I hope they take to your advice so I can jump on it. Thank you!!!

User avatar
Cecilia_L
Posts: 275
Joined: 08 Jun 2018, 22:16
Currently Reading: Father Christmas and Me
Bookshelf Size: 41
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cecilia-l.html
Latest Review: The Look-Alike by Joseph A. Levy

Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Jul 2018, 12:06

I think your suggestion of multiple volumes is a great idea. I'm afraid I would lose interest in such a lengthy book in this genre. Thanks for your in-depth review!

kdstrack
Posts: 1414
Joined: 10 May 2017, 19:49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 60
Currently Reading: Black Wind
Bookshelf Size: 143
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kdstrack.html
Latest Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan
Location: La Paz, Bolivia

Post by kdstrack » 04 Jul 2018, 20:13

The length would be a drawback for me, too. The information you have given about the book makes it seem very interesting, though. Good job!

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 5102
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 54
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 191
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: 2079 by Donald P Robin

Post by kandscreeley » 05 Jul 2018, 08:01

Sounds like a good book for those who are really interested in History. It's not my forte and especially not California. Due to that and the length, I think I'll skip it. But I appreciate the amount of research that went into this book. Thanks for the good review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
greenstripedgiraffe
Posts: 758
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 243
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-greenstripedgiraffe.html
Latest Review: California: On the Edge of American History by Ronald Genini

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 05 Jul 2018, 10:31

kandscreeley wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 08:01
Sounds like a good book for those who are really interested in History. It's not my forte and especially not California. Due to that and the length, I think I'll skip it. But I appreciate the amount of research that went into this book. Thanks for the good review.
Thanks, that's pretty much what I thought. It was fascinating, but too much. :shock:
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase

User avatar
ButterscotchCherrie
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1510
Joined: 29 Apr 2017, 02:00
2018 Reading Goal: 104
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 39
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Currently Reading: Lesen als Medizin
Bookshelf Size: 117
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-butterscotchcherrie.html
Latest Review: Mermaids of Earth by Philip M. Jepsen
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU
Location: Central Europe

Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 07 Jul 2018, 16:24

It's good that it's written in a lively and vivid style. I was afraid that it might be dry. It seems to have illustrated California's history well. It's a shame the length was an issue.

User avatar
Faithmwangi
Posts: 171
Joined: 03 Aug 2017, 13:40
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 16
Currently Reading: Call Me Pomeroy
Bookshelf Size: 19
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-faithmwangi.html
Latest Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan
Location: kilifi

Post by Faithmwangi » 08 Jul 2018, 10:48

Not exactly my cup of tea but I do appreciate the insightful review.

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Fiction Books”