This is the long and colorful story of that ""seaside corridor along which life has moved through the millenniums"", the section of California between San Francisco and San Diego to which the Spanish gave the prophetic name of El Camino Real. From the Santa Ross man of ""at least 30,000 years ago"", through the Conquistadors, the Padres, the Bear Sinsters, the forty-niners, the highwaymen, the ""Escrow Indians"", and the Oakies, to the tourists and freeway suburbanites of today, Mr. Riesenberg debunks, humanizes, and supplies a great wealth of lively detail. His knowledge of his subject in both comprehensive and intimate, and it seldom intrudes upon the steady, rapid pace of the narrative. He also has that rare gift, the ability to quote well, always to the point, and never too often. This should be an extremely enjoyable book for the many readers who want their history to be scholarly in the research department only. it is as vivid, as immediate in style and conception as a popular novel. An excellent addition to the America Trail Series.