The most recent book on Big Sur history and one we highly recommend to all who care about this special part of the American west coast.
Big Sur: The Making of a Prized California Landscape.
by Shelley Alden Brooks, UC Press.
The cover prize is $29.95 and we sell it to you for $30 (including tax and shipping within the US!) Anyone who cares about Big Sur should read this.
Why aren’t there more houses, turn-lanes, billboards, hotels, lights on at night, walkways down to the beaches, parking lots, interpretive signs, traffic lights, bathrooms, etc. in Big Sur? How likely are these developments in the future? And how does Big Sur’s experience compare to that of other prime California destinations?
Big Sur: The Making of a Prized California Landscape
“We think we know Big Sur because of its iconic role as a California place and muse. Enduring and fragile all at once, Big Sur is even more complex and historically fascinating than a beautiful photograph or poem can adequately assess. It needs a first-rate history book to do it justice, and Shelley Alden Brooks has answered that need.”—William Deverell, author of Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past
“An elegantly written, nuanced, and subtle history of how Big Sur has come to be. Shrewd politics, dedicated vision, and good timing led to this treasured landscape’s preservation. A wonderful read, full of important insights. This book is a valuable contribution to California’s environmental history.”—Stephanie Pincetl, author of Transforming California: A Political History of Land Use and Development
“With Big Sur, Brooks has made an outstanding contribution to the historical literature on California, the environment, and American counterculture. It is essential reading for students of these subjects and for anyone who has ever been moved by this special place.”—Peter S. Alagona, author of After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California