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The Decline and Fall of California:  From Decadence to Destruction collects Bradley Prize recipient Victor Davis Hanson 's best writing on California's crisis of culture.  Focusing on three themes with enduring relevance -- water, immigration, and the rural way of life -- Hanson deftly dissects the ruins of the Golden State.  California's crisis is America’s crisis:  the same policies and mental dissonance that have eroded California's prosperity threaten the rest of the country if left unchecked.

Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, which is supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  He also serves on the Bradley Foundation's Board of Directors.

In California, according to Hanson, an out-of-touch liberal leadership has made life worse for average citizens of the state, both the poor and the shrinking middle class.  For all the exalted talk about the people, the environment, and the proverbial "little guy," few in government craft policies to help the majority of the state.  In particular, on matters of illegal immigration, water policy, and culture, cocooned elites rarely face the logical consequences of their own ideology. 

An e-book from PJ Media, The Decline and Fall of California unwinds the story of how California came to this moment and offers insight into why the rest of the nation should be wary of the same influences in Washington, D.C.

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