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The author turns his critical eye to the City of Angels, discussing L.A.'s gridlocked freeways, immigrant neighborhoods, posh Beverly Hills, popular culture, health consciousness, and more, and speculates on the city's future.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Touchstone (first published December 31st 1991)
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Michael Doyle
I can't believe it took me 20 years to read this book and the biggest takeaway I've got is, "You really are Susan Sontag's son, aren't you?" This *was* an interesting read. But it was also gratuitously simplistic and polemical.

Rieff's by-now familiar point is that white people in Southern California at the end of the 20th century remained willfully ignorant about their enormous reliance on immigrant labor and on the ongoing demographic change of Los Angeles into a plurality-immigrant city.

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Ian Chapman
I found the historical material most interesting. Such matters as Los Angeles diocesan support for the clericalist Cristero revolt in Mexico in the 1930s, are rarely heard of. And quite well written in style.
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David Rieff is an American polemicist and pundit. His books have focused on issues of immigration, international conflict, and humanitarianism.
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