A history of the discovery and development of our westernmost state is told here by a prolific writer on the West (see his adult books- High Sierra Country, 1955, Sea Routes to the Gold Fields, 1948 etc.), this is nevertheless a wee bit dull as it soon begins to take on the qualities of a simply amplified chronology of events. One by one, Mr. Lewis accounts for and marks down the deeds that particularly concerned California- the first sight of its coastline by Cabrillo and then by Drake, Vizcaino's discovery of Monterey a century later, and still later the first settlements and missions. More interestingly written is the chapter on missions and ranches, where Mr. Lewis goes into the life of Mexican California and pauses there before continuing with the coming of outsiders and the process of becoming part of the United States. An efficient survey, but without the imagination necessary to elevate it above similar books.