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The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, New and Fully Updated Edition Updated Edition

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“Klein clearly follows in Mike Davis’s wake, but develops a distinctive focus on the erasure of memory in and about the city.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Klein is a fine stylist, an engaging historian—his account of the way noir shaped the city is strikingly fresh.”—New Scientist

“Norman Klein is full of ideas, brilliantly and beautifully expressed.”—Journal of American History

About the Author

Norman M. Klein is a critic and historian of mass culture, editor of Fragile Moments: A History of Media-Induced Experience, and author of Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon from Verso. He teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Updated edition (August 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844672425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844672424
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While doing research for a film, I picked up Klein's second edition having heard that this book is the quintessential read for anyone looking to delve into LA history. Much of what previous reviewers of the first edition said is true - if you are interested in all things LA, then you will indeed be enthralled by this book. Aside from fascinating information one gleans from Klein's research and opinions, it was refreshing to read text that is full of passion for this particular subject.

What sets HISTORY apart from other LA books is the author's ability to discuss a part of Los Angeles in a way no other authors have. His experience living in Angelino Heights, what we come to know as the first suburb of LA just north of downtown, presents us opportunity to watch pieces of LA history unfold through Klein's anecdotes. The idea of tracing the erasure of one culture followed by the rebirth of another, which is all brought about through the complexities of urban renewal, creates an important discourse about LA that more people should pay attention to.
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I got this book as a reference for research I am doing. It is a good reference to a time gone by, and information on a city with a long and varied past. Well done.
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i purchased this book for an English course emphasizing in early history of Los Angeles and I loved reading it! This book is so interesting and gives the audience a history of what Los Angeles use to be.
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