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4.0 out of 5 stars Radical history of Los Angeles, 11 May 2009
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M. A. Krul (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: (NEW EDITION) City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (Paperback)
Davis is well-known in radical circles as a popular writer on various issues relating to labor movements and the like. This is essentially a history of the city of Los Angeles and its surroundings from a radical perspective. It's quite well-done and very informative (at least to an ignoramus like me), but Davis goes overboard now and then in seeing a conspiracy to repress the poor behind everything. He also has the tendency to call historical incidences of repression a "holocaust" (he actually uses this word multiple times for different things), which I don't like being used in this manner. Aside from that though, it's a welcome different approach from the usual hagiographic or hip postmodern analyses of conglomeration cities like LA. There's not much more I can say about it, as whether you like his left-wing critical vignettes or not will be mostly a matter of taste - judge it for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Needed for my son's Geography AS, 12 May 2014
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This review is from: (NEW EDITION) City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (Paperback)
Well he got an A so this must have helped and it was cited in his Uni personal statement which got him 5 offers without interview so must have been a good buy! Took ages to arrive though.
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