The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. But there is a dark side of success: overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes; exploding inequality and millions of underpaid workers; a boiling housing crisis, mass displacement, and severe environmental damage, a delusional tech elite, and complicity with the worst in American politics.
Richard Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 until 2012. His books include two classics in economic geography, The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and four on California: The Conquest of Bread (2004), The Country in the City (2007), The Atlas of California (2013), and Pictures of a Gone City (2018). Walker has received awards from the Fulbright program, Guggenheim Foundation, Association of American Geographers, California Studies Association, and Western History Association. He splits time between Berkeley and Burgundy.
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