Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles And The Imagination Of Disaster

Metropolitan Books #ad - And the force of real catastrophe has been redoubled by the obsessive fictional destruction of Los Angeles--by aliens, comets, and twisters--in scores of novels and films. Or about the firestorms that periodically incinerate Malibu. Riot, fire, flood, earthquake. Only locusts are missing from the almost biblical list of disasters that have struck the city in the 1990s.

From ventura to laguna, injury, more than one million Southern Californians have been directly touched by disaster-related death, or damage to their homes and businesses. Rich with detail, bold and original, Ecology of Fear is a gripping reconnaissance into the urban future, an essential portrait of America at the millennium.

Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles And The Imagination Of Disaster #ad - Middle-class apprehensions about angry underclasses are exceeded only by anxieties about blind thrust faults underlying downtown L. A. Los angeles has become a magnet for the American apocalyptic imagination. And he shows that the floods, fires, and earthquakes reaped by the city were tragedies as avoidable--and unnatural--as the beating of Rodney King and the ensuing explosion in the streets.

As he surveys the earthquakes of santa monica, and even los Angeles's underrated tornado problem, the burning of Koreatown, the invasion of "man-eating" mountain lions, the movie Volcano, he exposes the deep complicity between social injustice and perceptions of natural disorder. In this extraordinary book, mike davis, real and imaginary, unravels the secret political history of disaster, the author of City of Quartz and our most fascinating interpreter of the American metropolis, in Southern California.

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City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

Verso #ad - This new edition of mike davis's visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century“Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future. San francisco ExaminerNo metropolis has been more loved or more hated.

He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together. To detractors, la is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it. To mike davis, los angeles is both utopia and dystopia, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, as well as armed Beirut militias.

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles #ad - In city of quartz, davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He gives us a city of dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa 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.


American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland Politics and Society in Modern America Book 34

Princeton University Press #ad - Self traces the roots of the 1978 tax revolt to the 1940s, real estate brokers, when home owners, and the federal government used racial segregation and industrial property taxes to forge a middle-class lifestyle centered on property ownership. American babylon tells this story through Oakland and its nearby suburbs, tracing both the history of civil rights and black power politics as well as the history of suburbanization and home-owner politics.

As the birthplace of the black panthers and a nationwide tax revolt, California embodied a crucial motif of the postwar United States: the rise of suburbs and the decline of cities, a process in which black and white histories inextricably joined. Robert self shows that racial inequities in both New Deal and Great Society liberalism precipitated local struggles over land, taxes, jobs, and race within postwar metropolitan development.

American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland Politics and Society in Modern America Book 34 #ad - Using the east bay as a starting point, Robert Self gives us a richly detailed, engaging narrative that uniquely integrates the most important racial liberation struggles and class politics of postwar America. American babylon demonstrates that the history of civil rights and black liberation politics in California did not follow a southern model, but represented a long-term struggle for economic rights that began during the World War II years and continued through the rise of the Black Panthers in the late 1960s.

This struggle yielded a wide-ranging and profound critique of postwar metropolitan development and its foundation of class and racial segregation. Black power and the tax revolt evolved together, in tension.


The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II Dispatch Books

Haymarket Books #ad - Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. World war ii marked the apogee of industrialized “total war. Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unmatched in power and influence.

Tells how america, has turned away from its ideals and goodness to become a match setting the world on fire” Seymour Hersh, since the end of World War II, investigative journalist and national security correspondent. In doing so, havoc, he places us policy and practice firmly within the broader context of global mayhem, and slaughter since World War II—always with bottom-line attentiveness to the human costs of this legacy of unceasing violence.

The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering. The author, recipient of a pulitzer prize and a National Book Award, draws heavily on hard data and internal US planning and pronouncements in this concise analysis of war and terror in our time. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, a vast web of overseas American military bases, clandestine operations, counterinsurgency, and—most touted of all—a revolutionary new era of computerized “precision” warfare.

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II Dispatch Books #ad - In contrast to world War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. By any other measure, it has been appalling—and shows no sign of abating. The violent american century addresses the us-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945—beginning with brutal localized hostilities, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, proxy wars, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day.


Where I Was From Vintage International

Vintage #ad - Here is the one writer we always want to read on California showing us the startling contradictions in its–and in America’s–core values. Joan didion’s unerring sense of america and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers.

Where i was from, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, in Didion’s words, confusions as much about America as about California, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.

Where I Was From Vintage International #ad - The book is a haunting narrative of how her own family moved west with the frontier from the birth of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother in Virginia in 1766 to the death of her mother on the edge of the Pacific in 2001; of how the wagon-train stories of hardship and abandonment and endurance created a culture in which survival would seem the sole virtue.

In where i was from, her radar eye” onto her own work, didion turns what john leonard has called “her sonar ear, to examine how the folly and recklessness in the very grain of the California settlement led to the California we know today–a state mortgaged first to the railroad, and overwhelmingly to the federal government, then to the aerospace industry, as well as that of such California writers as Frank Norris and Jack London and Henry George, a dependent colony of those political and corporate owners who fly in for the annual encampment of the Bohemian Club.

. In this moving and unexpected book, her work, her history, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, and ours.


The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

Little, Brown and Company #ad - A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. Steve fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear.

From the american revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. Why? the age of Acquiescence seeks to solve that mystery. Effervescent and razorsharp, The Age of Acquiescence is provocative and fascinating.

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power #ad - . Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished.


Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia's History

Basic Books #ad - From a macarthur "genius, " a bold new perspective on the history of Asia, highlighting the long quest to tame its watersAsia's history has been shaped by her waters. In unruly waters, and seas--and of the weather-watchers and engineers, coasts, historian Sunil Amrith reimagines Asia's history through the stories of its rains, rivers, mapmakers and farmers who have sought to control them.

In an age of climate change, Unruly Waters is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Asia's past and its future. Looking out from india, provoked efforts to reshape nature through dams and pumps, he shows how dreams and fears of water shaped visions of political independence and economic development, and unleashed powerful tensions within and between nations.

Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia's History #ad - Today, asian nations are racing to construct hundreds of dams in the Himalayas, with dire environmental impacts; hundreds of millions crowd into coastal cities threatened by cyclones and storm surges.


Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850 Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American ... and the University of North Carolina Press

Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press #ad - By discovering the lost intellectual history of one region, Strang shows us how to recover a continent for science. Skulls and stems, birds and bugs, rocks and maps, tall tales and fertile hypotheses came from them. They collected, described, and sent the objects that scientists gazed on and interpreted in polite Philadelphia.

They made knowledge. Frontiers of science offers a new framework for approaching American intellectual history, one that transcends political and cultural boundaries and reveals persistence across the colonial and national eras. The pursuit of knowledge in the United States did not cohere around democratic politics or the influence of liberty.

Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850 Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American ... and the University of North Carolina Press #ad - It was, as in other empires, organized through contested hierarchies of ethnicity and place, divided by multiple loyalties and identities, and reliant on violence. Cameron strang takes american scientific thought and discoveries away from the learned societies, museums, and teaching halls of the Northeast and puts the production of knowledge about the natural world in the context of competing empires and an expanding republic in the Gulf South.

People often dismissed by starched northeasterners as nonintellectuals--Indian sages, Irishmen on the make, gatherers, clearers of land and drivers of men--were also scientific observers, Spanish officials, African slaves, organizers, and reporters.


Europe: A Natural History

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - From internationally bestselling author and celebrated scientist Tim Flannery, a history of Europe unlike any before: an ecological account of the land itself and the forces shaping life on it. In europe: a natural history, explorer, world-renowned scientist, and conservationist Tim Flannery applies the eloquent interdisciplinary approach he used in his ecological histories of Australia and North America to the story of Europe.

The story continues right up to the present, as flannery describes europe’s leading role in wildlife restoration, and then looks ahead to ponder the continent’s future: with advancements in gene editing technology, European scientists are working to recreate some of the continent’s lost creatures, such as the great ox of Europe’s primeval forests and even the woolly mammoth.

Written with flannery’s characteristic combination of elegant prose and scientific expertise, Europe: A Natural History narrates the dramatic natural history and dynamic evolution of one of the most influential places on Earth. It was on these ancient tropical lands that the first distinctly European organisms evolved.

He explores the monumental changes wrought by the devastating comet strike and shows how rapid atmospheric shifts transformed the European archipelago into a single landmass during the Eocene. As the story moves through millions of years of evolutionary history, describing the immense impact humans had on the continent’s flora and fauna—within 30, 000 years of our arrival in Europe, the woolly rhino, the cave bear, and the giant elk, among others, Flannery eventually turns to our own species, would disappear completely.

Europe: A Natural History #ad - Flannery teaches us about europe’s midwife toad, crocodiles, which has endured since the continent’s beginning, while elephants, and giant sharks have come and gone. He begins 100 million years ago, when the continents of Asia, North America, and Africa interacted to create an island archipelago that would later become the Europe we know today.


Planet of Slums

Verso #ad - In this brilliant and ambitious book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. Davis portrays a vast humanity warehoused in shantytowns and exiled from the formal world economy. The classic, best-selling account of the rise of the world’s slums, one billion people now liveAccording to the United Nations, where, according to the United Nations, brilliant, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South.

He argues that the rise of this informal urban proletariat is a wholly unforeseen development, as a terrified Victorian middle class once imagined, and asks whether the great slums, are volcanoes waiting to erupt. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from industrialization, and even from economic growth.