California: A History

Is it possible to reduce the history of the great state of California into a single volume? Not unless you take such reductionist views as Starr does, where he merely lists paragraph upon paragraph of names of people involved. I suppose that makes the index look comprehensive, but the book itself is thin on history and particularly, story.
California has 150+ years of statehood to its name, in addition to hundreds of years of Spanish/Mexican rule. To reduce these bits down into such mere embroidery seems a mockery of the enormous state.