City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New Edition)

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Verso Books, Sep 17, 2006 - Political Science - 462 pages
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This new edition of Mike Davis’s visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century.

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.


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Review: City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

User Review  - Nathan Mabry - Goodreads

-Most depressing view of LA that I've ever been witness to. (but, may have been needed) -Goes on at length (ad nauseum) about power structure and it's relation to property values. -HATES Frank Gehry ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Chapman - Goodreads

Written in a quite fast paced style, yet packed with information. The polemical leftist viewpoint is pushed aside by the material and writing, to make an informative and enjoyable read. Read full review

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Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa'aloa, Hawaii.

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