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Description - Los Angeles A to Z by Leonard Pitt

Few cities captivate the imagination as does Los Angeles. It is the locus of spectaculars: movies, earthquakes, freeways, riots, and sunsets. In this fascinating desk reference, Leonard and Dale Pitt have gathered a sweeping array of information on the City of Angels. Bolstering their historical and humanistic approach with scientific and technical information, the Pitts include alphabetically arranged entries on history, geography, automobile culture, sports, movies, current events, architecture, flora, fauna, scandals, biography, the arts, politics, neighborhoods, and ethnic, racial, and religious groups. Quotations throughout provide provocative and amusing tidbits about the city that has been called 'the fulfillment of the American Dream'. Copiously illustrated and wonderfully anecdotal, this is a book for anyone with a question, large or small, about Los Angeles. 'It's a great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there' - Mark Twain. 'At heart, Los Angeles is a vast cross-section of the Corn Belt set down incongruously in a Maxfield Parrish setting' - Irwin S. Cobb. 'Hollywood is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't like it is either crazy or sober' - Raymond Chandler. 'Great weather and automobiles' - Jamal Wilkes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520205307
ISBN-10: 0520205308
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 181mm x 38mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Leonard Pitt

Leonard Pitt is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Northridge, and author of Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890 (California, 1966). Dale Pitt is a freelance writer, editor, and indexer.

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