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Smogtown

Audiobook
Nonfiction: History, Environment
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/16/2019

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Smogtown

The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684572342
Digital Download ISBN:9781684572359

Summary

Brimming with forgotten anecdotes and new revelations about our environmentally precarious present, Smogtown is a journalistic classic for the modern age.

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The smog beast wafted into downtown Los Angeles on July 26, 1943. Nobody knew what it was. Secretaries rubbed their eyes. Traffic cops seemed to disappear in the mysterious haze. Were Japanese saboteurs responsible? A reckless factory? The truth was much worse—it came from within, from Southern California's burgeoning car-addicted, suburban lifestyle. Smogtown is the story of pollution, progress, and how an optimistic people confronted the epic struggle against airborne poisons barraging their hometowns. With wit, verve, and a fresh look at history, California based journalists Chip Jacobs and William J. Kelly highlight the bold personalities involved, the corporate-tainted science, the terrifying health costs, the attempts at cleanup, and how the smog battle helped mold the modern-day culture of Los Angeles. There are scofflaws aplenty and dirty deals, plus murders, suicides, spiritual despair, and an ever-present paranoia about mass disaster. Brimming with forgotten anecdotes and new revelations about our environmentally precarious present, Smogtown is a journalistic classic for the modern age.

Reviews/Praise

"... the book is not lacking in historical heft. Instead, style delivers substance in true Hollywood fashion, with character-driven plots draped in glamour and sensation ... the history of smog has never been so sexy ..." —Los Angeles Times

"[S]tory of smog in all its hazy-and sometimes humorous-permutations ... a zany and provocative cultural history." —Kirkus

"Finished with a particularly powerful, forward-looking epilogue, this friendly, accessible history should appeal to any American environmentalist." —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Chip Jacobs is the author of several books, including Strange As It Seems, The Vicodin Thieves, The People's Republic of Chemicals (with William J. Kelly), and The Ascension of Jerry. William J. Kelly is the author of Home Safe Home. His reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Consumers Digest, Inside Climate News, LA Weekly, and the California Journal, among other outlets. Kelly, the recipient of numerous writing awards, lives in the Los Angeles area.