A magisterial, kaleidoscopic, riveting history of Los Angeles in the Sixties Histories of the US Sixties invariably focus on New York City, but Los Angeles was an epicenter of that decade’s political and social earthquake. LA was a launchpad for Black Power–where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation–and home to the Chicano walkouts and Moratorium, as well as birthplace of “Asian America” as a political identity, base of the antiwar movement, and of course, center of California counterculture. Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive history of LA in the Sixties, drawing on extensive archival research, scores of interviews with principal figures of the 1960s movements, and personal histories.

Following on from Davis’s award-winning LA history, City of Quartz, and picking up where the celebrated California historian Kevin Starr … More

Examining a series of El Nino-induced droughts & the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance & natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history. Late Victorian Holocausts focuses on three zones of drought & subsequent famine: India, Northern China; & North eastern Brazil. All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, & all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations.

But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites. … More

The highly-anticipated book by the bestselling author of City of Quartz & Planet of Slums. Davis spent years working factory jobs & sitting behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler before his profile as one of the world’s leading urbanists emerged with the publication of his sober, if dystopian survey of Los Angeles. Since then, he’s developed a reputation not only for his caustic analysis of ecological catastrophe & colonial history, but as a stylist without peer.

Old Gods, New Enigmas is Davis’s book-length engagement with Karl Marx, marking the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth and exploring … More