Author: John Buntin
Price: $32 (Hardcover)
Governing magazine writer John Buntin presents a fantastic, well-rounded and researched account of Los Angeles’ history between the 1920s and ’60s, presenting the metropolis as a true vice city. The chronicle relays the biographies of two seeming opposites, related by outsider status: William Parker, LAPD chief and law enforcement reformer, and mobster Mickey Cohen. Following each man’s growth and effect on the city, Buntin explores the L.A. underground, while discovering roots of the city’s future social struggles. Coloured with celebrity appearances, the book brings culture, history and politics together in an urban background.