The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life (Hardcover)

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No one is more closely associated with the history of California than Bill Lane, longtime publisher of Sunset Magazine. Lane’s memoir, The Sun Never Sets, charts his family’s history on the Peninsula, describing how Sunset Magazine came to define western living for generations. Featuring beautiful historic Sunset Magazine covers. Great gift book! (Jean)


A memoir by L.W. "Bill" Lane, Jr., about Sunset, the extraordinarily influential western magazine he guided for several decades until 1990, and about the American West that the magazine helped shape in the twentieth century.

About the Author

Bill Lane was Publisher of Sunset magazine and Co-Chairman of Lane Publishing Company. A graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Lane served as U.S. Ambassador to Australia and Nauru (1985–1989) and Ambassador-at-large and Commissioner General, Japan (1975–1976). Mr. Lane died in 2010. Bertrand Patenaude teaches history at Stanford University. He is the author of A Wealth of Ideas (Stanford, 2005) and The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921 (Stanford, 2002).

Praise for The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life…

"Bill Lane was a one-of-a-kind terrific guy who lived an energetic and constructive life. This memoir is a compelling reminder that the sun never sets on Bill Lane."—George P. Shultz, Former US Secretary of State and Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

"Bill was a man of the West. He was born on the sunset side of the Mississippi, moved as a young boy to California, hiked and packed as a lad in the great western parks of Yosemite and Sequoia, immersed himself in the region's stories and legends, and for decades published Sunset Magazine, as iconic a repository of western lore and lifestyles as there has ever been. His story is the story of the region he loved and served so well."
—David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Product Details ISBN-10: 0804785112
ISBN-13: 9780804785112
Published: Stanford General Books, 05/01/2013
Pages: 200
Language: English