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Arax, Mark 1956-

Overview
Works: 10 works in 32 publications in 1 language and 2,569 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Case studies  True crime stories 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works about Mark Arax
 
Most widely held works by Mark Arax
The king of California : J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire by Mark Arax( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He grew more cotton than anyone on the planet, and he grew cities, too, including the first major retirement community in the country - Sun City, Arizona."
In my father's name : a family, a town, a murder by Mark Arax( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arax, a Los Angeles journalist, investigates his father's murder outside a Fresno nightclub in 1972
My California : journeys by great writers( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dreamt land : chasing water and dust across California by Mark Arax( Book )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A vivid, searching journey into California's complicated relationship to its water, from the Gold Rush to today -- an epic story of the struggle to overcome the constraints of nature Mark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers -- a journalist with deep ties to the land, who has watched as the battles over water have intensified even as the state lurches from drought to flood and back again. In The Dreamt Land he travels the state to explore the century-old water distribution system that is straining to keep up with California's relentless growth. This is a heartfelt, beautifully written book about land and the people who work on it, from the gold miners to the ranchers to the small farmers and today's big ag. Since the beginning, Californians have redirected rivers, drilled ever-deeper wells, and pushed the water supplies past their limits. The Dreamt Land brings to life the enterprising figures who have made a fortune off the land, and used that wealth to increase their leverage, as well as the people who have been left behind. It's a story of politics and hubris, but above all it's about the unceasing human ability to make things happen, and to endure in a hostile environment"--
West of the West : dreamers, believers, builders, and killers in the Golden State by Mark Arax( )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teddy Roosevelt once exclaimed, "When I am in California, I am not in the West. I am west of the West," and in this book, Mark Arax spends four years travelling up and down the Golden State to explore its singular place in the world. This is California beyond the cliches. This is California as only a native son, deep in the dust, could draw it. Compelling, lyrical, and ominous, his new collection finds a different drama rising out of each confounding landscape. "The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman" has been praised as a "stunningly intimate" portrait of one immigrant family from Oaxaca, through harrowing border crossings and brutal raisin harvests. Down the road in the "Home Front," right-wing Christians and Jews form a strange pact that tries to silence debate on the War on Terror, and a conflicted father loses not one but two sons in Iraq. "The Last Okie in Lamont," the inspiration for the town in the Grapes of Wrath, has but one Okie left, who tells Arax his life story as he drives to a funeral to bury one more Dust Bowl migrant. "The Highlands of Humboldt" is a journey to marijuana growing capital of the U.S., where the old hippies are battling the new hippies over "pollution pot" and the local bank collects a mountain of cash each day, much of it redolent of cannabis. Arax pieces together the murder-suicide at the heart of a rotisserie chicken empire in "The Legend of Zankou," a story included in the Best American Crime Reporting 2009. And, in the end, he provides a moving epilogue to the murder of his own father, a crime in the California heartland finally solved after thirty years. In the finest tradition of Joan Didion, Arax combines journalism, essay, and memoir to capture social upheaval as well as the sense of being rooted in a community. Piece by piece, the stories become a whole, a stunning panorama of California, and America, in a new century
My California : journeys by great writers( Recording )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[This volume], is a collection of travel and adventure stories. [The volume offers] illuminating moments, and each of the contributors manages to transcend the thoroughly respectable genre of travel writing to achieve something more exalted.-Back cover
A kingdom from dust by Mark Arax( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Crimes of punishment : death, brutality & cover up in California's prisons by Mark Arax( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The valley's not so civil war by Mark Arax( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

William Saroyan estate valued at $1.3 million by Mark Arax( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The king of California : J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American empire
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In my father's name : a family, a town, a murderMy California : journeys by great writersWest of the West : dreamers, believers, builders, and killers in the Golden State
Languages
English (31)