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Railtown by Ethan N. Elkind
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An incredible, detailed, yet easy-to-follow history of the current Metro rail system in Los Angeles. Including all the city, county, state, and federal political intrigue that made the system what it is today--both good and bad. The best introduction ...more
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The Disneyland Story by Sam Gennawey
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The best, most detailed account of the history of Disneyland Park that I've ever encountered. A bit think on contemporary park history, but a delightful and engrossing read. The first book I would recommend to anyone interested in how the park came t ...more
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How Champions Think by Bob Rotella
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder
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I've never made it through from cover to cover, nor are you really intended to do so. But for a lifelong Disneyland aficionado (like me), starting on a random page or from the entry of a beloved attraction, you just don't want to come up for air. The ...more
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The Hollywood Sign by Leo Braudy
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Not simply focused on the history of the sign, itself. The author tells the sign's story in the historic context of urban development, economic development, and studio history in Los Angeles. Made the book compelling in a completely unexpected way. W ...more
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Reinventing Los Angeles by Robert Gottlieb
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It rambled and read like a marketing piece for the author's own career. (Much like Edward Soja's "My Los Angeles," only not as narcissistic.) I couldn't make it to the end without getting bored and putting it down, over and over.
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Making Time by William L. Fox
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I was looking for a few good, edgy, interesting books to together give me a picture of urban life over time in Los Angeles and this was one of them. (I've read several before, many years ago when I was in urban planning school, so this was kind of fi ...more
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