Books About Long beach

A collection of books about Long Beach California.

BOOK TITLE: Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis
AUTHOR: Cara Mullio and Jennifer M. Volland
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: fascinating first-time look at one of California�s most interesting cities. Beginning with an illustrated essay on the history of the built development of Long Beach, this big and beautifully produced volume also documents one hundred of the city�s most important architectural projects, built, unrealized, and demolished, by architects as varied as Julia Morgan, Edward Killingsworth, Greene and Greene, and Raphael Soriano. New and archival photographs, many by masters such as Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand, combine with the fresh and original prose to present a city both familiar and undiscovered. A must for architects, local residents, indeed anyone with curiosity about the urban growth of Southern California.

BOOK TITLE: Long Beach Art Deco
AUTHOR: Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, J. Christopher Launi, John W. Thomas
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: At 5:55 p.m. on March 10, 1933, Southern California was rocked by a massive earthquake. Wood-frame bungalows lost their chimneys, and engineered concrete buildings suffered minimal damage. But unreinforced masonry buildings near the epicenter failed catastrophically, and Long Beach was particularly hard hit. Nearly three-quarters of the school buildings, as well as many other structures, were rendered unusable until repaired or rebuilt. The Art Deco style, in addition to being fashionably modern in 1933, met the criteria of earthquake safety, and many new structures showed its influence. Both the Zigzag Moderne style of the 1920s, which boasted many structures that survived the earthquake, and the Streamline Moderne style that came into vogue in the 1930s relied on sleek lines with decoration incorporated into the design. This volume celebrates, in both word and image, the Long Beach that rose from the rubble to become a premier Art Deco city.

BOOK TITLE: The Port of Long Beach
AUTHOR: Michael D. White
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Rising from a tidal mudflat at the mouth of the Los Angeles River, the Port of Long Beach has grown through the 20th century into the one of the busiest deepwater ports. The ultramodern Port of Long Beach, the second-largest active harbor in the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, progressed steadily through a difficult adolescence fueled by the ambitions of a visionary few local community leaders who overcame political opposition to create a port separate and distinct from its neighboring Port of Los Angeles. Fueled by oil, Southern California's unprecedented post-World War II growth, and the container revolution, the Port of Long Beach surmounted numerous natural and man-made hurdles to position itself, in its own right, as a critical link in the nation's global supply chain.

BOOK TITLE: Early Aviation in Long Beach
AUTHOR: Gerrie Schipske
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: By 1920, when Amelia Earhart attended Earl S. Daugherty's air circus and then took her first airplane ride with Long Beach Poly High School graduate Frank Hawks, Long Beach was already a key part of the golden age of aviation. Balloonists had parachuted onto the city's beaches in 1905 near the Pine Avenue Pier, and stunt pilots such as Frank Stites took off and landed on its sands in 1908. The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsored the altitude contest won by Arch Hoxsey in the second Los Angeles Air Meet in 1910. Cal Rodgers ended the first transcontinental flight in the water near Linden Avenue on December 10, 1911. A former Army Air Corps flight instructor, Earl Daugherty was known as the "greatest stunt pilot" and owned the area's first non-beach airfield. This volume offers glimpses of early aviation at one of its core development locales, including photographs never before published of Earhart's flight instructor, John G. Montijo.

BOOK TITLE: Baseball in Long Beach
AUTHOR: Tom Meigs
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Organized baseball in Long Beach dates to 1910, when the Long Beach Clothiers of the Southern California Trolley League played opponents wherever a streetcar could take them. Exhibition games later featured Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, and other Major League barnstormers. Homegrown talent includes Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Tony Gwynn. Pioneering entrepreneur Bill Feistner built the first accommodating baseball park in 1922 at Redondo Avenue and Stearns Street in the shadow of oil-rich Signal Hill. When ballplayers weren't on the Shell Park diamond, they worked the derricks.

BOOK TITLE: Cambodians in Long Beach
AUTHOR: Susan Needham and Karen Quintiliani
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: A relatively new immigrant group in the United States, Cambodians arrived in large numbers only after the 1975 U.S. military withdrawal from Southeast Asia. The region's resulting volatility included Cambodia's overthrow by the brutal Khmer Rouge. The four-year reign of terror by these Communist extremists resulted in the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians in what has become known as the "killing fields." Many early Cambodian evacuees settled in Long Beach, which today contains the largest concentration of Cambodians in the United States. Later arrivals, survivors of the Khmer Rouge trauma, were drawn to Long Beach by family and friends, jobs, the coastal climate, and access to the Port of Long Beach's Asian imports. Long Beach has since become the political, economic, and cultural center of activities influencing Cambodian culture in the diaspora as well as Cambodia itself.

BOOK TITLE: Cambodian Refugees in Long Beach
AUTHOR: Scott Shaw
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Cambodia was in a state of political and cultural upheaval from the late 1950s through the early 1990s. This was epitomized by the political reign of terror brought on by Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge, as he seized power in 1975. His attempt to create a completely agrarian society left the country in chaos and an estimated three million Cambodians dead. With the inception of his brutal rule, Cambodians began to seek sanctuary in less hostile environments. With this, many left their native land and entered the United States as refugees. This movement to America has had one city as a focal point, Long Beach, California. By the late 1980s there were an estimated thirty-five thousand Cambodians living within this cities boundaries. This is Scott Shaw's ground breaking book on the subject, chronicling their plight.

BOOK TITLE: Long Beach in Vintage Postcards
AUTHOR: Marlin Heckman
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Long Beach successfully incorporated as a city in 1888, and would eventually become California's fifth largest city. Author Marlin Heckman has compiled over 200 vintage postcards to chronicle the history of the "Queen of Beaches." Competition between the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads brought great numbers of visitors to Southern California at the turn of the century. Resort hotels, apartments, pavilions, and band shells quickly dotted the landscape to accommodate the massive influx of tourists. Seen here are the more famous Long Beach attractions, including Rainbow Pier, the Sun Pavilion, the Hotel del Mar, and the great "Walk of a Thousand Lights," or the Pike, as it was better known.

BOOK TITLE: Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach
AUTHOR: Gerrie Schipske
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: During World War II, an unprecedented number of women took jobs at aircraft plants, shipyards, munitions factories, and other concerns across the nation to produce material essential to winning the war. Affectionately and collectively called "Rosie the Riveter" after a popular 1943 song, thousands of these women came to the U.S. Army -financed Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach, the largest wartime plane manufacturer, to help produce an astonishing number of the aircraft used in the war. They riveted, welded, assembled, and installed, doing man-sized jobs, making attack bombers, other war birds, and cargo transports. They trained at Long Beach City Schools and worked 8- and 10-hour shifts in a windowless, bomb-proof plant. Their children attended Long Beach Day Nursery, and their households ran on rations and victory gardens. When the men came home after the war ended, most of these resilient women lost their jobs.

BOOK TITLE: The Heritage of African Americans in Long Beach
AUTHOR: Aaron L. Day and Indira Kaletucker
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: It is the goal of our society to document and preserve the past and present history of African Americans in Long Beach. We want future generations to know their history. The people who are profiled in this and succeeding volumes are those who did not stand back and wait for things to happen. They were dedicated people who believed in making things happen to benefit their communities and determined to make society better for themselves and their descendants. These pioneers, builders, and activists fought for a more just society. They paved the way for us. We stand on their shoulders.

BOOK TITLE: History of Long Beach California: McDonnell Douglas
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Chapters: Mcdonnell Douglas, the Pike, Harbor Subdivision, Puvunga, 1933 Long Beach Earthquake.

Books in the Long Beach Historical Society Shop
- Long Beach: A History Through Its Architecture
- Pike on the Silverstrand
- Shades of the Past (by Loretta Berner)
- Strange Sea tales (by Claudine Burnett)
- Naples: The city of Red Tiled Roofs (by Stanley Poe)
- Balboa Films (by Jean-Jacques Jura and Rodney N. Bardin II)
- The Way We Woprked (by Bruce L. Bustard, Ph.D.)
- Adobe Days (by Sarah Bixby Smith)
- Cyclone Racer (by Doug Drummond)
- What goes Around comes Around (Novel by Doug Drummond)
- Historic Vignettes of Long Beach Women
- 3 Generations, 100 Years:California's Strongest Bank
- Long Beach From My Kitchen Window
- Making a Difference: Kim Sugiyama
- Making a Difference: Olivia Herrera
- Making a Difference: Lillian Robles
- Making a Difference: Mary Dell Butler

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