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The Docks is an eye-opening journey into a giant madhouse of activity that few outsiders ever see: the Port of Los Angeles. In a book woven throughout with riveting novelist detail and illustrated with photographs that capture the frenetic energy of the place, Bill Sharpsteen tells the story of the people who have made this port, the largest in the country, one of the nations most vital economic enterprises. Among others, we meet a pilot who parks ships, one of the first women longshoremen, union officials and employers at odds over almost everything, an environmental activist fighting air pollution in the “diesel death zone,” and those with the nearly impossible job of enforcing security. Together these stories paint a compelling picture of a critical entryway for goods coming into the country—the Port of Los Angeles is part of a complex that brings in 40% of all our waterborne cargo and 70% of all Asian imports—yet one that is also extremely vulnerable. The Docks is a rare look at a world within our world in which we find a microcosm of the labor, environmental, and security issues we collectively face.

Synopsis:

"The Docks delivers a raw and poignant behind-the-scenes view of our port through the eyes of workers, shippers, executives and sideline critics. Sharpsteen pieces together an unvarnished mosaic that reveals the enormity of the operations and its workforce, amidst a perennial maelstrom of debates and competing interests."--Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

"An engaging page turner. Sharpsteen captures the feeling and interconnectedness of the Los Angeles Waterfront, the noise, the excitement, the joys, the tensions, the complexities and conflicts. I found it difficult to put down."--David Wellman, author of Whitewashing Race

"Sharpsteen has almost a novelist's talent for using human interest profiles to engage an audience and present a non-fiction narrative. Here is working knowledge not only of how the Port of Los Angeles functions, but of its crucial importance to the region, nation, and world economy, and what its loss would mean."--Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

Synopsis:

"The Docks delivers a raw and poignant behind-the-scenes view of our port through the eyes of workers, shippers, executives and sideline critics. Sharpsteen pieces together an unvarnished mosaic that reveals the enormity of the operations and its workforce, amidst a perennial maelstrom of debates and competing interests."—Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

"An engaging page turner. Sharpsteen captures the feeling and interconnectedness of the Los Angeles Waterfront, the noise, the excitement, the joys, the tensions, the complexities and conflicts. I found it difficult to put down."—David Wellman, author of Whitewashing Race

"Sharpsteen has almost a novelist's talent for using human interest profiles to engage an audience and present a non-fiction narrative. Here is working knowledge not only of how the Port of Los Angeles functions, but of its crucial importance to the region, nation, and world economy, and what its loss would mean."—Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

About the Author

Bill Sharpsteen is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Dirty Water: One Mans Fight to Clean Up One of the Worlds Most Polluted Bays (UC Press), and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Washington Post. He is also an award-winning documentary producer.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

1. Valet Parking

2. A Carpet of Containers

3. Moving Cans

4. The Landlord

5. The Diesel Death Zone

6. The Union

7. The Employers

8. The Importer

9. The Shipper

10. Los Troqueros

11. The Hold Men

12. The Women

13. The Clerk

14. Security

15. The New Normal

16. Hawse Piper

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520261938
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Author:
Sharpsteen, Bill
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photographs, 1 map
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

Related Subjects

Business » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Regional Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
Transportation » Nautical » General
Transportation » Nautical » Shipping
Transportation » Nautical » Ships and Ship History

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Product details 328 pages University of California Press - English 9780520261938 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "The Docks delivers a raw and poignant behind-the-scenes view of our port through the eyes of workers, shippers, executives and sideline critics. Sharpsteen pieces together an unvarnished mosaic that reveals the enormity of the operations and its workforce, amidst a perennial maelstrom of debates and competing interests."--Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

"An engaging page turner. Sharpsteen captures the feeling and interconnectedness of the Los Angeles Waterfront, the noise, the excitement, the joys, the tensions, the complexities and conflicts. I found it difficult to put down."--David Wellman, author of Whitewashing Race

"Sharpsteen has almost a novelist's talent for using human interest profiles to engage an audience and present a non-fiction narrative. Here is working knowledge not only of how the Port of Los Angeles functions, but of its crucial importance to the region, nation, and world economy, and what its loss would mean."--Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

"Synopsis" by ,
"The Docks delivers a raw and poignant behind-the-scenes view of our port through the eyes of workers, shippers, executives and sideline critics. Sharpsteen pieces together an unvarnished mosaic that reveals the enormity of the operations and its workforce, amidst a perennial maelstrom of debates and competing interests."—Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

"An engaging page turner. Sharpsteen captures the feeling and interconnectedness of the Los Angeles Waterfront, the noise, the excitement, the joys, the tensions, the complexities and conflicts. I found it difficult to put down."—David Wellman, author of Whitewashing Race

"Sharpsteen has almost a novelist's talent for using human interest profiles to engage an audience and present a non-fiction narrative. Here is working knowledge not only of how the Port of Los Angeles functions, but of its crucial importance to the region, nation, and world economy, and what its loss would mean."—Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

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