Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World

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In "Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World," David Rieff looks at a city that was long the epitome of the American Dream and is now, for many, the emblem of the American urban nightmare. Writing before the riots of 1992, Rieff found not a city of dreams but a city of bitter contradictions. A city that, like the United States itself, was being transformed by immigrants and refugees from Latin America and East Asia from an extension of Europe to a diverse patchwork of the peoples of the world. This is an L.A. that...
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Overview

In "Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World," David Rieff looks at a city that was long the epitome of the American Dream and is now, for many, the emblem of the American urban nightmare. Writing before the riots of 1992, Rieff found not a city of dreams but a city of bitter contradictions. A city that, like the United States itself, was being transformed by immigrants and refugees from Latin America and East Asia from an extension of Europe to a diverse patchwork of the peoples of the world. This is an L.A. that has never been described before, "a brilliant and disturbing examination," as Joan Didion called it, "of the America we have not yet faced."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This devastating analysis of L.A. as crucible of the 21st century delineates the city where ``people and their things are hard to tell apart.'' (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671792107
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Would be AMAZING if David could update this thoughtfully researched and intelligent LA exploration

    Like many of us (Moby seems to be the latest, and highest profile), DR seems to have fled New York City (around 1990?) to the West coast (in fairness, he was bicoastal even as a small child-- but admits not really remembering the Westwood bit until he returned there 20 some years later, ostensibly to do research for this book)-- against the better and biting judgment of his East coat urbane peers, but actually seems to have found what he was looking for, as way as alternative to the drawbacks and nuisances of NYC.

    But as much as NYC has changed (dramatically), most would argue, for the better over the past 20 years, so has Los Angeles. Only I would argue that many of the changes in LA have been a deterioration-- and nothing like the futuristic, multicultural, Pacific Basin hegemonic Utopia (okay, maybe not quite Utopia) Mr Rieff and the throngs of self-described LA boosters envision as they prepare for 'Los Angeles 2000.'

    This is such an enjoyable and thoroughly researched study of Los Angeles, I would buy the book again if he could bring it up to date to 2012.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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