Synopses & Reviews
To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To its detractors, it is "The Big Nowhere." No one has better captured L.A.'s bizarre role as both utopia and dystopia than Davis, the author of this mordantly elegant and wide-ranging work of social criticism and prophecy which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
"This pugnacious book reclaims what, until now, has been an invisible city, obscured by its screen....Davis may not break new ground, but his dogged evidence certainly shatters illusions." Peter Jukes, New Statesman & Society
"A visionary rant about a secret meeting of Los Angeles...absolutely fascinating. It's more cyberpunk than any work of fiction could ever be." William Gibson
"[Davis's] strength as a writer...is his capacity to evoke Los Angeles as a real place with a rich concrete history and a vivid, recognizable everyday life, and a system of public transit to the urban sublime." Marshall Berman, The Nation
"[Davis's] analysis of recent Los Angeles history is often chilling and sad to say more true than false....[An] important and necessary work. Recommended." Library Journal
"Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future." The San Francisco Examiner
"An extraordinary book tumultuous and brilliant." Jonathan Kozol
The hidden story of L.A. Mike davis shows us where the city's money comes from and who controls it, while also exposing the brutal ongoing struggle between L.A.'s haves and have-nots.
Includes bibliographical references and index.