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Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

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By Mike Davis & Jon Wiener

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

This riveting tour through 1960s Los Angeles is a “history from below, in the very best sense” as it celebrates the “grassroots heroes and struggles” of the social movements of the era (Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Natural Causes).

“Authoritative and impressive.” —Los Angeles Times
“Monumental.” —Guardian

Los Angeles in the sixties was a hotbed of political and social upheaval. The city was a launchpad for Black Power—where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation. The city was home to the Chicano Blowouts and Chicano Moratorium, as well as being the birthplace of “Asian American” as a political identity. It was a locus of the antiwar movement, gay liberation movement, and women’s movement, and, of course, the capital of California counterculture.

Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive movement history of L.A. in the sixties, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of interviews with principal figures, as well as the authors’ storied personal histories as activists. Following on from Davis’s award-winning L.A. history, City of Quartz, Set the Night on Fire is a historical tour de force, delivered in scintillating and fiercely beautiful prose.
Paperback / Social Science / Activism & Social Justice / History / United States
1.8" H x 7.7" L x 5.1" W (1.35 lbs) 800 pages
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