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As a lifelong Angeleno, this book was very interesting to me. I hardly knew any of this information, and I think the story is compelling enough to hold the interest of people who do not know the area at all. However, the author takes on an affected, fake-pulpy style in the first half that is pretty distracting and definitely takes away from the content. The 20's and 30's were sensational enough on their own and don't really need that, and I would have preferred something a little more historical. The second half, which covers the second half of the 20th century, is much better in that regard. This is a great topic and I think Buntin covered it competently. The narration was good.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, unless they wanted to relive the shame of the LAPD's last forty years.
What could John Buntin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Stop the authors notes. It distracted. They should have been incorporated into the story.
Also, the 1991 Riots from the Rodney King verdict were included in the epilogue. Why not have kept it as part of the story, unless you didn't want to explain the 20+ years in between the Watts Riots and the RK verdict?
basically, I didn't think the story lived up to the title and description of the book.
Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but he gave a good read.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Actually, I probably would because most of what would translate to the silver screen would hold my attention.
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