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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; New Edition edition (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844675688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844675685
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future.

A history as fascinating as it is instructive.--Peter Ackroyd

Absolutely fascinating.--William Gibson

A history as fascinating as it is instructive. --Peter Ackroyd

Absolutely fascinating. --William Gibson

"Absolutely fascinating."--William Gibson

"Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future."--"San Francisco Examiner"

"A history as fascinating as it is instructive."--Peter Ackroyd, "The Times"

Absolutely fascinating. William Gibson
Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future. "San Francisco Examiner"
A history as fascinating as it is instructive. Peter Ackroyd, "The Times""

About the Author

MacArthur Fellow Mike Davis lives in San Diego. He is the author of many books including Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door and Planet of Slums.


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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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A well-written dissection of capitalism and the landscapes it creates. The fate of Fontana, in particular, reads like a black comedy.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably better if you've lived there 4 May 1999
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This may be a book only LA natives can really "get". Judging by some of the other reviews, not getting it seems pretty common. For me, it was a hilarious/horrific view of the city in which I grew up. The message is - LA is the city of the future and this is why that's bad. Don't get me wrong. I don't agree with everything he says, but everything he says provokes thought.
As to the inaccuracy of his facts - I'd love to hear what he's wrong about. The picture he paints certainly reflects the LA I grew up in - the ponzi-like real estate development industry, the general disregard for the region's history, including the marginalization of the region's native "resident aliens", the monumental mismanagement of the city's downtown. You can call it all Marxist crap, but it you grew up in the unpleasant, incongruous, LaLaLand that sprouted as a result of the non-Marxist crap, this book might strike a chord with you.
It is a bit preachy, and the writing is not universally exceptional, but when it hits the mark, it hits the mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 15 April 2014
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I have lived 5 years in Los Angeles and I have to say reading this book has completely changed my perception of the city. Coming from another continent, names like Hollywood and Beverly Hills were familiar to me before arrival, but I knew nothing about Pasadena "Old Money" or South Central struggles. And even after years living here, I had some notions of the city history but I was far away from the rich and complex web of relationships unveiled by this book. Reading this book left me craving for more readings, I think I will go over the book again and read some of the books mentioned in the citations
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN PLACE 30 Nov. 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Mar. 2015
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Among several of Davis' important books. This one, being a Kindle, will not clutter the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book 19 April 2013
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Especially for a fan of L.A. like me.
Loved the updated forward, I've been waiting for it on the Kindle for years!
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