City of Quartz
City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, New Edition
Mike Davis

A fully updated edition of Mike Davis's visionary work.

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 West—a 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.

Title City of Quartz
Subtitle Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, New Edition
Author Mike Davis
Publisher Verso
Title First Published 19 September 2006
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 480 p.
ISBN-10 1844675688
ISBN-13 9781844675685
Publication Date 19 September 2006
Main content page count 480
Weight 16 oz.

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