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Los Angeles : The Ultimate City

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2M.
  • 0195000714
  • 9780195000719

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Rand is a New, Yorker writer and most of this book Originally appeared there. The study must, of course, be compared with John Chapman's Incredible, Los Angeles (1966, p. 1207) which is considerably broader. Neither book is extraordinary in style or method of approach, though Rand has a slight edge as a writer. He's always best talking about people, as in describing Angelenos from the Midwest having an Iowa-type picnic in Long Beach. Rand is also tougher on the megalopolis though both he and Chapmau are outsiders. Chapman admits to liking the place while Rand speaks only of not absolutely hating L.A. (Angelenos go to enormous lengths to convince themselves and others that theirs is the most livable, fascinating city in the States, and Rand captures the pathetic straining behind this conviction.) He is boggled at times by the Frankenstein patchwork of greater L.A. and attendant trivia (e.g., two-story mobile trailer homes). By century's end, L.A. will extend along some 210 miles of Pacific coast, undeniably the ultimate city....Well-groomed and readable. (Kirkus Reviews)show more