Los Angeles: City of Dreams

By: Carr, Harry

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[slight fraying/deterioration to binding at bottom corners, still a solid clean book, one-time owner's signature and rubber-stamped date on second ffep; jacket is faded and spotted at spine, approx 1" triangular piece missing at bottom right corner of front panel, a few small tears, small chip at top rear hinge]. (color frontispiece, B&W drawings) Per the jacket blurb, the author, a longtime Los Angeles Times reporter, editor and columnist, "has drawn upon his life-long knowledge of Los Angeles and his wide acquaintanceship among its residents to tell the magnificent story of [the city's] wondrous growth, picturesque beauty and tropic charm," including "the superb cultural assets which have led some authorities to call Los Angeles 'The future Athens of America'" -- the hyperbolic boosterism of which makes a little more sense when you consider historian Kevin Starr's description of the author as L.A. Times publisher Harry Chandler's "chief henchman," while also referencing Upton Sinclair's assessment of Carr as "a mercenary hack who had once confessed to him that he had never, while working for the Times, written a word in which he sincerely believed." (Sinclair might possibly have had a bone to pick, given that Carr had been a leading light of the vicious press campaign against Sinclair's 1934 bid for the Governorship of California. And when Carr died of a heart attack the year after the publication of this book, his funeral was attended by more than a thousand people; they can't *all* have been Times employees.)

Title: Los Angeles: City of Dreams

Author: Carr, Harry

Illustrator: Illustrated by E.H. Suydam

Categories: California,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1935)

ISBN Number: NO

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Good dj

Seller ID: 19138

Keywords: Los Angeles Southern California