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City of Quartz

City of Quartz

Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

Mike Davis
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No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, L.A. 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 L.A.'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.


Mike Davis is the author of several books including City of Quartz, The Monster at Our Door, Buda's Wagon, and Planet of Slums. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. He lives in San Diego.


  • Publisher: ‎Verso; Reprint edition (July 17, 2018)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎512 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1786635895
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781786635891
  • Item Weight: ‎14 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.08 x 1.22 x 7.79 inches
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