Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World

Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World

by David Rieff
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671792107
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,221,510
Product dimensions:
0.61(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Rieff is the author of eight previous books, including Swimming in a Sea of Death, At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention; A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis; and Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West. He lives in New York City.

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