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Davis, Mike 1946-

Works: 147 works in 727 publications in 14 languages and 18,607 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Case studies  Interviews  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Director
Classifications: HN80.L7, 614.518
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Most widely held works about Mike Davis
Most widely held works by Mike Davis
City of quartz : excavating the future in Los Angeles by Mike Davis( Book )

79 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new edition of Mike Davis's visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it." To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel West - a city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity."--Publisher's description
Planet of slums by Mike Davis( Book )

70 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the shantytowns of the cities of the south. MacArthur fellow Davis explores the future of this radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. He traces the global trajectory of informal settlement from the 1960s "slums of hope" through the debt decades of the 1970s and 1980s, to today's unprecedented megaslums. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from economic growth. Instead of the cities of light once imagined by futurists, much of the 21st-century urban world squats in squalor on floodplains, precarious hillsides or near toxic dumps. He argues that the rise of this informal urban proletariat is a wholly unforeseen development, and ends with a meditation on the "war on terror" as an incipient world war between the American empire and the new slum poor.--From publisher description
The grit beneath the glitter : tales from the real Las Vegas( )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of essays and first-person narratives offers a glimpse of the people and institutions that support the Las Vegas gaming industry
Late Victorian holocausts : El Niño famines and the making of the third world by Mike Davis( Book )

47 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining a series of droughts and the famines that they spawned in the last third of the 19th century, this text analyses this human tragedy. It covers its global history and lasting impacts on world economic development
The monster at our door : the global threat of avian flu by Mike Davis( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1918, a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least 40 million people in three months. Now, leading researchers believe, another world catastrophe is imminent. The World Health Organization warns that the "bird flu" is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form that could visit several billion homes within two years. In this book, Mike Davis reconstructs the scientific and political history of a viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles of agribusiness and the fast-food industries, abetted by corrupt governments, in creating the ecological conditions for the emergence of this new plague. He also details the failure of the Bush administration, obsessed with hypothetical "bio-terrorism," to safeguard Americans from the greatest biological threat since HIV/AIDS.--From publisher description
Ecology of fear : Los Angeles and the imagination of disaster by Mike Davis( Book )

34 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Mike Davis unravels the secret political history of disaster, real and imaginary, in Southern California. As he surveys the earthquakes of Santa Monica, the burning of Koreatown, the invasion of "man-eating" mountain lions, the movie Volcano, and even Los Angeles's underrated tornado problem, he exposes the deep complicity between social injustice and perceptions of natural disorder. Arguing that paranoia about nature obscures the fact that Los Angeles has deliberately put itself in harm's way, Davis reveals how market-driven urbanization has for generations transgressed against environmental common sense. And he shows that the floods, fires, and earthquakes reaped by the city were tragedies as avoidable - and unnatural - as the beating of Rodney King and the ensuing explosion in the streets
Magical urbanism : Latinos reinvent the US city by Mike Davis( Book )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the Latinization of the American urban landscape, discusses the impact it has had on society, the economy, and politics
Buda's wagon : a brief history of the car bomb by Mike Davis( Book )

30 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrated urban historian returns with a compelling account of the "poor man's airforce," from Vietnam to Beirut - Davis' most accessible book yet. On a September day in 1920, an angry Italian anarchist named Mario Buda exploded a horse-drawn wagon filled with dynamite and iron scrap near New York's Wall Street killing 40 people. Since Buda's prototype, the car bomb has evolved into a "poor man's air force," a generic weapon of mass destruction that now craters cities from Bombay to Oklahoma City. In this brilliant and disturbing history, Mike Davis traces its worldwide development, in the process exposing the role of state intelligence agencies - particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and Pakistan - in globalizing urban terrorist techniques. Davis argues that it is the incessant impact of car bombs, rather than the more apocalyptic threats of nuclear or bio-terrorism, that is producing the most significant mutations in city form and urban lifestyle, as privileged centres of power increasingly surround themselves with "rings of steel" against a weapon that nevertheless remains technologically and politically intractable. -- Description from (Oct. 25, 2011)
Dead cities, and other tales by Mike Davis( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first part of Dead Cities, the horror of lower Manhattan's falling skyscrapers (already anticipated by Welles, Lorca, and Dos Passos) is conjugated with Las Vegas' delirious delight in blowing up its landmark hotels. The Glitterdome's insatiable drinking spree, moreover, has become a symbol for the urban West's approaching showdown with Mother Nature. But in other parts of Marlboro country the apocalypse has already happened. The eerie Pentagon deserts of Nevada and Utah - with their destroyed landscapes, "doomtowns," and leukemic children - are a backdrop to the story of the New Deal's last great public works project the incineration of the cities of Germany and Japan." "Likewise, the wasteland flanks of downtown L.A. are a stage for tales of infinite greed, urban neglect, political scandal, neighborhood-level ethnic cleansing, and, ultimately, the firestorm of 1992. In the essays on "extreme science," Davis explains how the "neocatastrophist" revolution in earth sciences might become a paradigm for understanding the violent punctuated evolution of big cities. The title essay is an astonishing autopsy of metropolis dead on a slab, with reflections on "bomber ecology" and "ghetto geomorphology." The final chapter, with its accounts of Montreal and Auckland temporarily brought to their knees by ice storms and heat, warns that our urban infrastructures are as little prepared to deal with climate change as with car bombs and hijacked airliners."--Jacket
No one is illegal : fighting violence and state repression on the U.S.-Mexico border by Justin Akers Chacón( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often violent right-wing backlash against immigrants. Countering the chorus of anti-immigrant voices, Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacon expose the racism of anti-immigration vigilantes and put a human face on the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border to work in the United States. Davis and Akers Chacon challenge the racist politics of vigilante groups like the Minutemen, and argue for a pro-immigrant and pro-worker agenda that recognizes the urgent need for international solidarity and cross-border alliances in building a renewed labor movement
In praise of barbarians : essays against empire by Mike Davis( )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Portuguese and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mike Davis attacks the current fashion for empires and white men's burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers such contemporary idols as Mel Gibson and Howard Dean, debates with Tom Frank about "what's the matter with America," unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and the California prison system, visits Star Wars in the Arctic and vigilantes on the U.S.-Mexico border, predicts ethnic cleansing in New Orleans more than a year before Katrina, commemorates the anarchist avengers of the 1890s, remembers "Private Ivan" who defeated fascism, recalls the "teenybopper riots" on Sunset Strip, and looks at the future of global capitalism from the top of Hubbert's Peak
Prisoners of the American dream : politics and economy in the history of the US working class by Mike Davis( Book )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in English and Korean and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evil paradises : dreamworlds of neoliberalism by Mike Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating world tour takes us to Dubai, where a gilded archipelago of private islands offers supreme lifestyles to the super-rich and famous; Medellin and Kabul, where drug lords - in many ways textbook capitalists - are redefining conspicuous consumption in fortified palaces; Hong Kong and Cairo, where the local nouveaux riches take shelter in fantasy Californias, while their maids sleep in rooftop chicken coops; and a dozen other places around the world where unfettered capitalism and inequality surpass our worst nightmares. Contributors include: Judit Bodnar, Patrick Bond, Anne-Marie Broudehoux, Joe Day, Marco d'Eramo, Anthony Fontenot, Marina Forti, Forrest Hylton, Sara Lipton, Ajmal Maiwandi, China Mieville, Don Mitchell, Timothy Mitchell, Dennis Rodgers, Laura Ruggeri, Emir Sader, Rebecca Schoenkopf, and Jon Wiener
Under the perfect sun : the San Diego tourists never see by Mike Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For fourteen million tourists each year, San Diego is the fun place in the sun that never breaks your heart. But America's eighth-largest city has a dark side. Behind Sea World, the zoo, the Gaslamp District, and the beaches of La Jolla hides a militarized metropolis, boasting the West Coast's most stratified economy and a tumultuous history of municipal corruption, virulent antiunionism, political repression, and racial injustice. Though its boosters tirelessly propagate an image of a carefree beach town, the real San Diego shares dreams and nightmares with its violent twin, Tijuana. This alternative civic history deconstructs the mythology of "America's finest city". Acclaimed urban theorist Mike Davis documents the secret history of the domineering elites who have turned a weak city government into a powerful machine for private wealth. Jim Miller tells the story from the other side: chronicling the history of protest in San Diego from the Wobblies to today's globalphobics.ʺ Kelly Mayhew, meanwhile, presents the voice of paradise's forgotten working people and new immigrants. The texts are vividly enhanced by Fred Lonidier's photographs
Fire in the hearth : the radical politics of place in America( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nadie es ilegal : combatiendo el racismo y la violencia de Estado en la frontera Estatos Unidos - México by Justin Akers Chacón( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Spanish and English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States has always been rooted in racism but also involves attempts to control labor, and describes the conditions of Mexicans in the border regions and efforts to defend immigrant rights
Reshaping the US left : popular struggles in the 1980s( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City of Quartz : Los Angeles, capitale du futur by Mike Davis( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in French and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore le destin de Los Angeles à travers son urbanisme et son architecture, ses élites politiques et économiques, ses intellectuels et ses architectes, sa police et sa multiethnicité
Big farms make big flu : dispatches on infectious disease, agribusiness, and the nature of science by Robert G Wallace( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thanks to breakthroughs in production and food science, agribusiness has been able to devise new ways to grow more food and get it more places more quickly. There is no shortage of news items on hundreds of thousands of hybrid poultry - each animal genetically identical to the next - packed together in megabarns, grown out in a matter of months, then slaughtered, processed and shipped to the other side of the globe. Less well known are the deadly pathogens mutating in, and emerging out of, these specialized agro-environments. In fact, many of the most dangerous new diseases in humans can be traced back to such food systems, among them Campylobacter, Nipah virus, Q fever, hepatitis E, and a variety of novel influenza variants. Agribusiness has known for decades that packing thousands of birds or livestock together results in a monoculture that selects for such disease. But market economics doesn't punish the companies for growing Big Flu - it punishes animals, the environment, consumers, and contract farmers. Alongside growing profits, diseases are permitted to emerge, evolve, and spread with little check. That is, writes evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, it pays to produce a pathogen that could kill a billion people. In Big Farms Make Big Flu, a collection of dispatches by turns harrowing and thought-provoking, Wallace tracks the ways influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations
Be realistic, demand the impossible by Mike Davis( )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mike Davis delivers a brilliant defense of the Occupy movement and offers pragmatic advice to the 99%
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The grit beneath the glitter : tales from the real Las Vegas
Alternative Names
Davis , Michael Patrik

Davis, Mike

Davis, Mike 1946-

Davis , Mike P.

Dāyfis, Māyk 1946-

Mike Davis ABD'li yazar, aktivist ve tarihçi

Mike Davis Amerikaans schrijver

Mike Davis amerikansk historikar og skribent

Mike Davis amerikansk historiker och författare

Mike Davis amerikansk historiker og skribent

Mike Davis (historien)

Mike Davis historien américain

Mike Davis (scholar)

Mike Davis scrittore, attivista e storico statunitense

Mike Davis (sociólogo)

Mike Davis US-amerikanischer Soziologe und Historiker

Μάικ Ντέιβις

Майк Девис

مايك ديفيس

مایک دیویس نویسنده آمریکایی

데이비스, 마아크

데이비스, 마이크 1946-

デイヴィス, マイク

デービス, マイク



Planet of slumsThe grit beneath the glitter : tales from the real Las VegasLate Victorian holocausts : El Niño famines and the making of the third worldThe monster at our door : the global threat of avian fluEcology of fear : Los Angeles and the imagination of disasterMagical urbanism : Latinos reinvent the US cityBuda's wagon : a brief history of the car bombDead cities, and other tales