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Dead Cities and Other Tales
     

Dead Cities and Other Tales

by Mike Davis
 
A riveting exploration of the tensions between nature and the built environment.The storm is here, crushed dams no longer hold, the savage seas come inland with a hop.—Jacob van Hoddis As Mike Davis shows, prophecies of urban doom too often come true. Beginning with a trip to New York's Ground Zero, Davis pairs the horror of lower Manhattan's falling

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A riveting exploration of the tensions between nature and the built environment.The storm is here, crushed dams no longer hold, the savage seas come inland with a hop.—Jacob van Hoddis As Mike Davis shows, prophecies of urban doom too often come true. Beginning with a trip to New York's Ground Zero, Davis pairs the horror of lower Manhattan's falling skyscrapers with Las Vegas' delirious delight in blowing up its landmark hotels, where environmental terrorism is practiced in the name of urban development. We stop at "German Village," the Utah wasteland where Allied scientists once perfected their plans to destroy Berlin, then move on to Los Angeles, the frontline of a "Second Civil War" that lies waiting to be ignited in cities across the country. The title essay is an autopsy of the metropolis dead on a slab, with reflections on "bomber ecology" and "ghetto geomorphology." The final chapter, with accounts of Montreal and Auckland brought to their knees by ice storms and heat, warns that our urban infrastructures are as little prepared to deal with climate change as with car bombs and hijacked airliners.


About the Author:
: MacArthur fellow Mike Davis is the author of several books, including Dead Cities, City of Quartz, and Ecology of Fear. He lives in San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848443
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
11/14/2003
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 7.62(h) x 1.11(d)

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