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Los Angeles A to Z


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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.


One of the major cities of the world finally gets a one-volume encyclopedia. As slippery as Los Angeles is to define‘some call it 100 suburbs in search of a city‘Leonard Pitt (emeritus, history, California State Univ., Northridge) and brother Dale, a freelance writer and indexer, have managed to get a competent grip on the history and lifestyle of the oft-ridiculed, always-envied city. Scholars will have to search long and hard to find anything worthwhile missing from this compendium. The entries range from a few paragraphs (Engine House #18, O.J. Simpson) to in-depth articles filled with valuable statistics and general information. The text is liberally sprinkled with illustrations and humorous quotes about the city, and the entire work is like a leisurely stroll through the life and times of this fascinating place. Even if your library isn't located anywhere near LaLa Land, seriously consider purchasing this compelling reference work for all of your patrons who will eventually end up visiting or even relocating there.‘Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Cal.

"[This] encyclopedia reflects the multiethnic population that has always constituted Los Angeles and provides current interpretations of each subject. Entries include short histories of ethnic communities and astute accounts of significant streets, neighborhoods, and adjoining cities."--"The Journal of American History

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