Widely recognized as the best non-fiction book written about Southern California for the period 1920s through the 1940s.
Southern California: An Island on the Land is packed with fascinating material on the region and its galaxy of personalities—from Helen Hunt Jackson to Aimee Semple McPherson, from Huntington the financier to Hatfield the rainmaker.
Carey McWilliams provides insights into many subjects, ranging from the origins of Hollywood to the flowering of International Style architecture in Los Angeles.
This book was originally published in 1946. This reprint edition has been continuously in print from Gibbs Smith, Publisher since 1973.
Carey McWilliams (13 December 1905-27 June 1980) was an American author, editor, and lawyer. He is best known for his writings about social issues in California, including the condition of migrant farm workers and the internment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II. For twenty years he was the editor of The Nation magazine.