Like Texas, big and bumptious, yet unlike Texas boasting (or deploring) a meandering population, California offers a rich proving ground for sociologists and journalists. This collection of essays by native Californians covers the main headaches from the sunny coasts. Carclutter, culture booms, controversial land grabs, political non-sequiturs, technology demands and internal maladies--racial turmoil, unemployment, slums--all are given alarmed attention. Aerospace technology has an easier path to the moon than reformers have toward the solving of domestic problems; private suburban developments desiccate traditional democratic community values (""a city without citizenry participation is a sick city""). But ""salvation is as possible as destruction."" Education, with all its faults in California, is expanding and experimenting; the destruction of natural resources is being contested vigorously; the free-form pragmatic politics infers an open road to future practices. Generally informative, sober, careful articles of faith and crossed fingers. From these brief examples, looks as if the Revolution has a way to go.