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Set the Night on Fire LA in the Sixties Free download Ü 0 ✓ A magisterial kaleidoscopic riveting history of Los Angeles in the SixtiesHistories of the US Sixties invariably focus on New York City but Los Angeles was an epicenter of that decade's political and social earthuake LA was a launchpad for Black Power where MalcoAno 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 countercultureMike 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 pers. Set the Night on Fire is an in depth and complex look at the history that created the sprawling city of LA It starts off by enumerating the factors that contributed to the uprisings that transformed not just life in LA but life in America during the sixties Mike David does an excellent job of laying out the convoluted ties between the different players in the game and shows how each aspect of the cultural anathema evolved throughout the years until hitting a point of firm resolve This book brings to light the dark history and realities of America in the sixties and forces readers to acknowledge the absolutely horrific ordeals that white right leaning Americans forced on minority communities While at times this book was as sprawling and twisted as LA itself is the sprawling nature seemed necessary to encapsulate the complex factors of how LA came to be what it is now It is a well researched and well written book and should be at the top of anyone’s list for a nuanced look and realistic perspective of the social cultural and political landscape of LA in the sixties With new names and characters every few sentences Set the Night on Fire really brings the human aspect of this time period to the forefront and tells and interwoven story by penning the lives of countless players on every side of the game The passion and raw emotion of LA in the sixties plays out in this book and really drove the narrative forward

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A magisterial kaleidoscopic riveting history of Los Angeles in the SixtiesHistories of the US Sixties invariably focus on New York City but Los Angeles was an epicenter of that decade's political and social earthuake 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 Chic. This is a magisterial history of Los Angeles in the 1960s From the Black Panthers and Chicano liberation movement to the gay rights movement and feminism Davis and Weiner provide a tremendous amount of information that takes the reader deep into a world that has passed As the pandemic crisis upends the global economy the relevance for building social movements is salient than ever The book is ultimately a descriptive history closely hewing to the detailed portraits it paints There is relatively little analysis or reflection from the authors on assessing the strategic choices of actors which obviously mostly failed Surprisingly the authors who of course are extremely well read Davis is renowned for his contributions focus overwhelmingly on social movement history This was clearly a deliberate choice and the result is impressive But I found it a bit strange that there is very little attention paid to the left organizations of the time such as the SWP or smaller ones I perhaps dogmatically thought a book about California in the 1960s might mention Hal Draper a legendary Bay Area activist but I do appreciate the commitment to a constricted geographic scope These are uibbles This is a must read book

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Set the Night on Fire LA in the SixtiesOnal histories both Davis and Wiener are native Los Angelenos Following on from Davis's award winning LA history City of uartz and picking up where the celebrated California historian Kevin Starr left off his eight volume history of California ends in 1963 Set the Night on Fire is a fascinating historical corrective delivered in scintillating and fiercely elegant pros. This is a fascinating read that lets the reader in on the truth of what LA was really like in the sixties New York gets a lot of credit and focus for the growth that took place at that time but LA was much than just a utopia of Hollywood and movie stars It was fascinating to learn that the first LGBT street protest actually took place in LA and not NYC In addition the usual history of Los Angeles does not show the incredible truth of the power that minorities were able to fight for in LAThis read reveals so much information that everybody should know about the history of Los Angeles and how it effected the growth of America as a whole I highly recommend this read