Winner of the American Social Politics Award and shortlisted for the National Book Award. The book tells a tale of greed, manipulation, power and prejudice that has made Los Angeles what has been described as at once the most cosmopolitan and the most class-divided city in the United States.
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Crime, corruption, gangland demographics, class exploitation, security and urban degeneration are the main stops on the detailed route which Mike Davis follows across Los Angeles county, and out of this journey he has created a dense and multi-levelled book...He could rival Chandler and Hammett ( Independent)
Los Angeles faces a perilous millennium whose contours will surely have no more brilliant prophet or historian than Davis ( London Review of Books)
Essential reading ( i-D Magazine)
As fascinating as it is instructive...This is a book about the myths that created Los Angeles just as surely as the property developers and the water companies - myths as potent as film noir and its offshoots in Chinatown and Blade Runner ( The Times)
'Courageously broad in its scope, City of Quartz changes intellectual gear - from history to sociology to urban theory - often with consummate ease, and fits its diverse threads together in a sort of 'history noir' as gripping as any Chandler. ' Listener.
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Book Description Vintage Press, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099998203