Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California

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6.29 X 9.29 X 1.45 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Gregory Orfalea is the author of Messengers of the Lost Battalion: The Heroic 551st and the Turning of the Tide at the Battle of the Bulge. He is also director of the Center for Writing at Pitzer College, where he teaches creative nonfiction and the short story.


"Orfalea's riveting narrative significantly enriches our grasp of the illusive and controverted Junipero Serra with delightful episodes from his life in Spain and Mexico based on the author's painstaking research never before reported. Arguably, Serra comes alive in this volume as in no other. Great story-telling and fast-moving action together with a stupendous familiarity with the bibliography on Serra make this an original and substantive addition to the field. Scholars and the general public will find this volume enlightening and a good read."--Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, Casassa Chair and Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
"Journey to the Sun is a highly readable, interpretive account of Junipero Serra's life. Gregory Orfalea brings his vast breadth of knowledge to fleshing out a humanistic narrative of a man whose history is often distorted and confounding. A brilliant biography about a key Hispanic figure in the launching of American history."--Daniel E. Krieger, Professor of History, Emeritus, California Polyte
"Orfalea's lively and engaging narrative not only humanizes Junipero Serra, but just as important takes into consideration the cultural perspectives of California Indians as they engaged the Spanish colonial world."--John R. Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History