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Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

 
 
 
 
Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster
Author: Mike Davis
ISBN 13: 9780375706073
ISBN 10: 375706070
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1999-09-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
List Price: $15.95
 
 

"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

William Finnegan

Graced with a bold political and environmental vision, much splendid phrasemaking and a multitude of facts, large and small, that I bet you never knew about Los Angeles. -- NY Times Book Review