Richard H. Peterson, Book Review Editor
A Companion to California. By James D. Hart. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978. 504 pages. $22.50.
The author, a professor of American literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the Bancroft Library, has provided a valuable reference work for the professional historian and the general reader. The book is a compact compendium of important people, places, and events in California from 1510 to 1978. Three thousand fully cross-referenced entries provide data on California cities and counties, newspapers, missions, flora and fauna, architecture, climate, politics, ethnic groups, and literature.