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As in City of Quartz, his earlier book about Los Angeles, Davis reveals the deeper ideological narratives behind historical events. Whether he's explaining the motivations behind the persistent refusal of civic leaders to admit that a tornado alley runs down the middle of the region, from Long Beach to Pasadena, or discussing, as one chapter refers to it, "the case for letting Malibu burn," he outlines his arguments with a fascinating amount of detail and a subtle sense of irony. There are wonderful chapters here, such as "Maneaters of the Sierra Madre," a zoology of the wild beasts Angelenos fear, including mountain lions that descend from the hills to eat joggers and small children, swarms of Africanized killer bees making their way across the deserts, and El Chupacabra, the "goat-sucking vampire" that joined L.A.'s roster of faddish icons in 1996.
Although this book is specifically about Los Angeles, its lessons about the relationship between urban developments and natural ecosystems and about the dangerous influence of class politics on environmental safety policy are applicable to any city. Anyone with a serious interest in natural history or urban policy should make a point of reading this book. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
as a native angelino i thought i knew my city well....i was so wrong! davis brings to light an amazing history of this city!Published 9 months ago by Jesenya Maldonado
I wouldn't say it was a great book but I had to read it for school and the library and Barnes & Noble were out of stock. Somewhat interesting. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Cynthia J Kay
It wasn't as new as I thought it would be because I can see markings on the edges of the book.Published on January 30, 2013 by Celine
Amazon will not leave me ALONE, They have asked me to review this BOOK over 5 times, I do not want to do a review !
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I lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years, from 1980-2000, and enjoyed every minute of it. LA haters have always seemed kind of pathetic and silly to me, like spinsters back in the... Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by David Schweizer
This is a very, very fine book that looks at the archetype of Modern America, Los Angles and Southern California. Read morePublished on November 8, 2006 by Aufton Wunderbar