“This simply is an excellent book – an excellent idea, excellently executed. It's compelling, easy reading without airs, telling the pertinent political stories that shaped California.” -- George Skelton, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times

“A fascinating account of California's political history as viewed through the prism of critical elections from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present....Events and an array of interesting characters spring to life in these pages.” -- Jack Citrin, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

“A compelling analysis of the effect of voting and voters on framing the good, the bad, and the ugly of governance in the Golden State.” -- Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of the practice of public policy communication, University of Southern California

“Here we get gripping insider portraits of elections that not only served as high political drama, but also changed the historical trajectory of America's most dynamic state.” -- Ethan Rarick, author of California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown

“The book is full of characters that a fiction writer would be envious of creating, tales of machinations and anecdotes that liven the storytelling. Extensive research and interviews with participants involved in the more modern elections enrich the telling.” – Fox&Hounds

I never thought California history was very interesting. Isn’t it amazing how one book can change all that? Game Changers was a game changer for my interest in California history. This book should be the model for how history books are written; it’s part textbook, part tell-all expose, and all fascinating. There’s no sterilization in the stories, you hear what happened, warts and all. We learn how California’s legendary figures manipulated the system for personal gain, how Southern California ended up getting Northern California’s water, how the state’s constitution evolved, and a lot more. And it’s all explained by looking at twelve critical and intriguing elections.” – Amazon Reviewer “Valley Blue”

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