The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth
by Blake Gumprecht
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999; published in paperback, 2001
Winner of the J. B. Jackson Prize, Association of American Geographers, and the Donald Pflueger Local History Award, Historical Society of Southern California.
"Essential… The many transformation of the river are Blake Gumprecht’s extended metaphor for what we’ve made of this place and a reminder of the reckoning it asks of us." -- D. J. Waldie, Los Angeles Times
"Impressively researched, beautifully illustrated…wonderfully written, full of rich details and winning anecdotes. This is an impressive piece of work deserving of a large audience." -- Matthew W. Klingle, Pacific Historical Review
"A masterpiece of classical geographical synthesis. The Los Angeles River is the kind of book we should all read, and encourage our students to read, because it is one reminder of what good geography is all about. I wish I could write like that!" -- Douglas J. Sherman, Geographical Review
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