Los Angeles A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the City and County / Edition 1

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Overview

Few cities captivate the imagination as does Los Angeles. It is the locus of spectaculars: movies, earthquakes, freeways, riots, sunsets.
In this fascinating desk reference, Leonard and Dale Pitt have gathered a sweeping array of information on the City of Angels. Bolstering their historical and humanistic approach with scientific and technical information, the Pitts include alphabetically arranged entries on history, geography, automobile culture, sports, movies, current events, architecture, flora, fauna, scandals, biography, the arts, politics, neighborhoods, and ethnic, racial, and religious groups. Quotations throughout provide provocative and amusing tidbits about the city that has been called "the fulfillment of the American Dream." Copiously illustrated and wonderfully anecdotal, this is a book for anyone with a question, large or small, about Los Angeles.

"It's a great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there."—Mark Twain

"At heart, Los Angeles is a vast cross-section of the Corn Belt set down incongruously in a Maxfield Parrish setting."—Irwin S. Cobb

"Hollywood is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't like it is either crazy or sober."—Raymond Chandler

"Great weather and automobiles."—Jamal Wilkes

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
One of the major cities of the world finally gets a one-volume encyclopedia. As slippery as Los Angeles is to definesome call it 100 suburbs in search of a cityLeonard Pitt (emeritus, history, California State Univ., Northridge) and brother Dale, a freelance writer and indexer, have managed to get a competent grip on the history and lifestyle of the oft-ridiculed, always-envied city. Scholars will have to search long and hard to find anything worthwhile missing from this compendium. The entries range from a few paragraphs (Engine House #18, O.J. Simpson) to in-depth articles filled with valuable statistics and general information. The text is liberally sprinkled with illustrations and humorous quotes about the city, and the entire work is like a leisurely stroll through the life and times of this fascinating place. Even if your library isn't located anywhere near LaLa Land, seriously consider purchasing this compelling reference work for all of your patrons who will eventually end up visiting or even relocating there.Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520205307
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,409,550
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Pitt is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Northridge, and author of Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890 (California, 1966). Dale Pitt is a freelance writer, editor, and indexer.

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"It's a great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there."-Mark Twain
"At heart, Los Angeles is a vast cross-section of the Corn Belt set down incongruously in a Maxfield Parrish setting."-Irwin S. Cobb
"Hollywood is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't like it is either crazy or sober."-Raymond Chandler
"Great weather and automobiles."-Jamal Wilkes
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