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Rieff, David. LOS ANGELES: CAPITAL OF THE THIRD WORLD. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. The sequel to and companion volume of David Rieff's "Going To Miami: Exiles, Tourists, And Refugees In The New America" (1987). One of the most important books for our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David Rieff's "Los Angeles: Capital of The Third World". Appropriates Walter Benjamin's "Paris, Capital of The 19th Century", and is truly about Los Angeles, Capital of The 21st Century. "The incarnation of the American Dream radically transformed by the new immigrants from Asia and Latin America, who have been arriving in their millions, both legally and illegally. Instead of Hollywood writ large and fantasies of material bliss come true, shows the gridlocked freeways, where easy travel is just a memory. Takes us to immigrant neighborhoods where Buddhist temples abut Korean supermarkets. Ventures into Downtown LA, where the latest breed of local booster persuasively hymns the city as the new capital of the Pacific Rim. Also takes the reader to the Mexican border, where the author watches illegals gather before making the crossing into El Norte. Los Angeles: No longer the stuff of the American Dream, but of Mexican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Korean dreams" (Publisher's blurb). One of Rieff's intellectual guides is a late great European philosopher who has never set foot in the United States but whose aphorism he aptly quotes: "A civilization progresses from agriculture to paradox" (E. M. Cioran). An absolute "must-have" title for David Rieff collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by David Rieff. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Joan Didion, California's and Los Angeles' iconic writer, as a classic. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID RIEFF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0671671707. $80.00

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