City of Quartz Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

ISBN-10: 1844675688
ISBN-13: 9781844675685
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: A fully updated edition of Mike Davis's visionary work. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it."  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 9/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 441
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.24" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

A fully updated edition of Mike Davis's visionary work. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it." To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide-ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city's current status.

Preface
Prologue: The View from Futures Past
Sunshine or Noir?
Power Lines
Homegrown Revolution
Fortress L.A.
The Hammer and the Rock
New Confessions
Junkyard of Dreams
Index

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