Top positive review
Must read for California / Western history buffs
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017
I've been devouring books in California's Wild West period and this one stands out among the best. It's scope ranges from the Mexican American war until around the rail road connection.
Brands gives us both the big picture view of the time period As well as zooms in on specific historical people, both prominent and layman, that gives a well rounded picture of this time in history. Making the book both information heavy but also easily digestible even for people not familiar with this topic. Not only that but he ties it all together with his thesis on how California's Gold Rush changed American society as a whole.
Highly recommend for anyone interested in California history or history of the American Wild West.