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The Master Of Monterey: A Novel
by Lawrence Coates
University of Nevada Press, 2003
eISBN: 978-0-87417-902-6 | Paper: 978-0-87417-529-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3553.O153M37 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This comic novel, by the author of The Blossom Festival, is set in Mexican California in 1842 and is based on a true story of mistaken conquest. When Commodore Jones and the crew of the National Intention land in Monterey believing themselves to be bringing freedom and democracy to the benighted Californios, they discover that history has preceded them, that cruelty, betrayal, greed, and lust are already well established there, and that far from existing outside of history, California is a battleground for several contending versions of the past. They also find that their own limitations and illusions are far more powerful than the message of hope that they intend to deliver. 

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