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Picturing Los Angeles

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To fully appreciate America you need to explore the enormity and ambiguities of Los Angeles. Even if you think you know the City of Angels, it's time to look again, and celebrate 225 years of the city's exuberant, turbulent history.

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Overview

To fully appreciate America you need to explore the enormity and ambiguities of Los Angeles. Even if you think you know the City of Angels, it's time to look again, and celebrate 225 years of the city's exuberant, turbulent history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423623434
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,374,056
  • Product dimensions: 9.78 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon and Nancy Wilkman are husband and wife documentary filmmakers and writers, with a special interest in history. Their documentaries have received numerous awards and have been seen around the world. Long-time Angelenos, Jon and Nancy share a passion for their city's rich and underappreciated past, as well as L.A.'s vibrant and multicultural present.

Jon and Nancy Wilkman are husband and wife documentary filmmakers and writers, with a special interest in history. Their documentaries have received numerous awards and have been seen around the world. Long-time Angelenos, Jon and Nancy share a passion for their city's rich and underappreciated past, as well as L.A.'s vibrant and multicultural present.

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Compared to Cairo, Beijing, London or New York, the history of Los Angeles may be relatively short, undervalued and often misunderstood, but to find it you only need to look. There is no more evocative way to begin than with a photograph.

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Table of Contents

preface 6

acknowledgments 9 1769-1900

from outpost to upstart 10

1900-1910 strangers in paradise 44

1910-1920 dynamite, waterworks and picture shows 68

1920-1930 the great american boomtown 98

1930-1940 brother, can you spare a dream? 126

1940-1950 from battlefields to barbecues 158

1950-1960 sprawling toward tomorrow 186

1960-1970 homesteading on the new frontier 214

1970-1980 whose future is it? 238

1980-1990 the world comes to stay 262

1990 and Beyond remembering the future 290

photo credits 324

index 326

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    I read it cover-to-cover over a period of two months. It can be

    I read it cover-to-cover over a period of two months. It can be picked up for awhile, then put down again, and revisited later. The text provides a nice complement to the pictures and gives an overview of history, not too daunting, but enough to be intriguing. Lots of pictures, and not all the usual suspects.

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