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Arrived in the mail: Towers of Gold

[UPDATED] Just in time to help me transition out of election-obsession: Frances Dinkelspiel’s new book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California (available Nov 11). It’s the story of her great-great-grandfather, Isaias Hellman, who, well, helped make California. I’ll write more at length — I’m about halfway through the book […]