The Dreamt Land
Chasing Water and Dust Across California
Mark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers, a writer with deep ties to the land who has watched the battles over water intensify even as California lurches from drought to flood and back again. In The Dreamt Land, he travels the state to explore the one-of-a-kind distribution system, built in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, that is straining to keep up with California’s relentless growth.
West of the West
Dreamers, Believers, Builders, And Killers In The Golden State
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 clichés. This is California as only a native son, deep in the dust, could draw it.
The King of California
JG Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire
Mark Arax & Rick Wartzman
J.G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate “factory in the fields.” The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s,drained one of America ‘s biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell ‘s agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin – is unrivaled anywhere.
In My Father’s Name
A Family, a Town, a Murder
The author recounts the events that transpired twenty years after his father’s unsolved murder, during which he returned to Fresno under an assumed name and uncovered the startling disclosure that preceded his father’s death. Reprint. NYT”.