Lost Angeles History Reading List

  • L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present by Josh Sides
  • African Americans in Los Angeles by Karin L. Stanford – California State University Northridge Institute for Arts and Media
  • Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past by William Deverell
  • Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 by George J. Sanchez
  • Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City by Robert Gottlieb
  • The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles by William Fulton
  • The Fragmented Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1850-1930 by Robert M. Fogelson
  • Beyond Chinatown: The Metropolitan Water District, Growth, and the Environment in Southern California by Steven P. Erie
  • City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles by Mike Davis
  • Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies by Reyner Banham
  • Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster by Mike Davis
  • Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising And The 1960s by Gerald Horne
  • Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles by Joao H. Costa Vargas
  • Los Angeles: Portrait of a City by Jim Heimann and Kevin Starr
  • The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory by Norman M. Klein
  • L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin
  • Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles by Les Standiford
  • Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles by Vincent Brook
  • East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio by Richardo Romo
  • Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles by David L. Ulin
  • William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles by Catherine Mulholland
  • Hidden History of Transportation in Los Angeles by Charles P. Hobbs
  • Chronicles of Old Los Angeles: Exploring the Devilish History of the City of the Angels by James Roman
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
  • My Los Angeles: From Urban Restructuring to Regional Urbanization by Edward W. Soja
  • Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department by James A. Bultema
  • Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles by Chip Jacobs and William J. Kelly
  • Waiting for the Sun: A Rock & Roll History of Los Angeles by Barney Hoskyns
  • The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles by Michael Storper and Thomas Kemeny
  • Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles by William Deverell and Greg Hise
  • An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler
  • The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era by Thomas Schatz
  • City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940’s by Otto Friedrich
  • The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History by Dolores Hayden