City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

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by Mike Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844675688

ISBN-13: 9781844675685

Pub. Date: 09/19/2006

Publisher: Verso Books

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the

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No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. 

In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity.

In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city’s current status.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844675685
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/19/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
441
Sales rank:
285,469
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.20(d)

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