ISBN-10:
0375706070
ISBN-13:
2900375706072
Pub. Date:
09/28/1999
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Ecology of Fear; Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster / Edition 1

Ecology of Fear; Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster / Edition 1

by Mike Davis
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Overview

"Graced with a bold political and environmental vision, much splendid phrasemaking and a multitude of facts. . . . A truly eccentric contribution."--The New York Times Book Review  

Earthquakes. Wildfires. Floods. Drought. Tornadoes. Snakes in the sea, mountain lions, and a plague of bees. In this controversial tour de force of scholarship, unsparing vision, and inspired writing, Mike Davis, the author of City of Quartz, revisits Los Angeles as a Book of the Apocalypse theme park. By brilliantly juxtaposing L.A.'s fragile natural ecology with its disastrous environmental and social history, he compellingly shows a city deliberately put in harm's way by land developers, builders, and politicians, even as the incalculable toll of inevitable future catas-trophe continues to accumulate.

Counterpointing L.A.'s central role in America's fantasy life--the city has been destroyed no less than 138 times in novels and films since 1909--with its wanton denial of its own real history, Davis creates a revelatory kaleidoscope of American fact, imagery, and sensibility.  Drawing upon a vast array of sources, Ecology of Fear meticulously captures the nation's violent malaise and desperate social unease at the millennial end of "the American century."  With savagely entertaining wit and compassionate rage, this book conducts a devastating reconnaissance of our all-too-likely urban future.

"Dizzying. . . . In Mr. Davis's account, the world ends in fire, and the next time is now."--The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900375706072
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

A former meatcutter and long-distance truck driver, Mike Davis has taught urban theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, was a fellow at the Getty Institute, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.  He is the author of Prisoners of the American Dream and City of Quartz.  He was born in Fontana, a suburb of Los Angeles, and now lives in Pasadena.

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Tony Hiss

Vastly entertaining, prodigiously researched, and more than a little terrifying. This book brilliantly helps us face the facts. -- Author of The Experience of Place

Susan Faludi

"[As] Mike Davis brilliantly and devastatingly shows, Angelenos' wounds are largely self-inflicted. Davis is a rare combination as an author, Rachael Carson and Upton Sinclair all in one." -- Author of Backlash

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