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Los Angeles: Portrait of a city; Porträt einer Stadt; portrait d'une…

by Jim Heimann (Editor), Kevin Starr (Contributor), David L Ulin (Contributor)

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A pictorial history of the world's most enigmatic city From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city's cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. It traces the city's development from the 1880s' real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood and the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, right up to the present day. With over 500 images, L.A. is shown emerging from a desert wasteland to become a vast palm-studded urban metropolis. Events that made world news–including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy's assassination, and the Rodney King riots–reveal a city of many dimensions. The entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, and its celebrities are showcased along with many other notable residents, personalities, architects, artists, and musicians. The city's pop cultural movements, its music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods are included, as are its notorious crimes and criminals. This book depicts Los Angeles in all its glory and grit, via hundreds of freshly discovered images including those of Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton and many other superb photographers, culled from major historical archives, museums, private collectors, and universities. These are given context and resonance through essays by renowned California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David Ulin.
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In ancient times, Los Angeles as a human settlement began as the Native American village of Yang-Na.
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This LT Work is the complete 571-page edition of Jim Heimann's Los Angeles: Portrait of a city; Porträt einer Stadt; portrait d'une ville (2009), including essays by Kevin Starr and other material. Please distinguish it from Heimann's 190-page abridged edition (2013), having the same Title. Thank you.
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Exploring the cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history of Los Angeles, this title examines the city's critical developments ranging from the real estate booms of the 1880s to the uncontrolled urban sprawl of the late 20th century.

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