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    DescriptionNo 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 West-a city in which we may glimpse our own future, mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this special 15-year anniversary edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city's current status.


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    Title
    City of Quartz
    Subtitle
    Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mike Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844675685
    ISBN 10: 1844675688
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: B5
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/CALIFO
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBWF
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    B&T Approval Code: C39200000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000
    Libri: I-HS
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/CALOSA
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030, HIS036140
    B&T Approval Code: A31400000
    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    DC22: 979.494
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBBWF
    B&T Approval Code: A31765200
    DC22: 307.76097949
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.6.3.0.0
    DC22: 307.7609794/94
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HN80.L7 D38 2006
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHK, WQH
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB-US-W
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    ill
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    17 September 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    MacArthur Fellow Mike Davis lives in San Diego. He is the author of many books including Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door and Planet of Slums.
    Review quote
    "An extraordinary book- tumultuous and brilliant." - Jonathan Kozol "A history as fascinating as it is instructive." - Peter Ackroyd, The Times