City of Quartz

City of Quartz : Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 40.64mm | 544.31g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1786635895
  • 9781786635891
  • 279,209

Review Text

"Absolutely fascinating."
-William Gibson

"A history as fascinating as it is instructive."
-Peter Ackroyd, Times

"Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future."
-San Francisco Examiner
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Review quote

"Absolutely fascinating." - William Gibson

"Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future." - San Francisco Examiner

"A history as fascinating as it is instructive." - Peter Ackroyd, Times

"As central to the L.A. canon as anything that Carey McWilliams wrote in the forties or Joan Didion wrote in the seventies." - Dana Goodyear, New Yorker

"Angelenos, now is the time to lean into Mike Davis's apocalyptic, passionate, radical rants on the sprawling, gorgeous mess that is Los Angeles." - Stephanie Danler, author of Stray and Sweetbitter
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About Mike Davis

Mike Davis is the author of several books including City of Quartz, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Planet of Slums. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. He lives in San Diego.
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2,897 ratings
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4 39% (1,130)
3 16% (471)
2 4% (109)
1 1% (36)
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