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To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To its detractors, it is "The Big Nowhere." No one has better captured L.A.'s bizarre role as both utopia and dystopia than Davis, the author of this mordantly elegant and wide-ranging work of social criticism and prophecy which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 40 photographs.
“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
|Prologue: The View from Futures Past||1|
|Chapter 1||Sunshine or Noir?||15|
|Chapter 2||Power Lines||99|
|Chapter 3||Homegrown Revolution||151|
|Chapter 4||Fortress L.A.||221|
|Chapter 5||The Hammer and the Rock||265|
|Chapter 6||New Confessions||323|
|Chapter 7||Junkyard of Dreams||373|
Posted August 1, 2014
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