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Unformatted text preview: y Own”: A New History of the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991) provides a good
overview of a region where free enterprise has long been celebrated more in theory than in practice. Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert: The
American West and Its Disappearing Water (New York: Penguin Books, 1987) aptly describes how water was brought to Los Angeles, and the
rest of the arid West, at public expense. “Aerospace Capital of the World: Los Angeles” — a chapter in The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military
Remapping of Industrial America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), by Ann Markuson et al. — outlines how military spending
fueled southern California’s p ostwar economy. For California’s role in the spread of the car culture, I relied on Kenneth T. Jackson’s classic
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985). In Getting There, Stephen B.
Goddard shows how the free market had little to do with the triumph of the automobile. Jonathan Kwitny’s “The Great Transportation
Conspiracy,” published in Harper’s during February of 1981, is a fine piece of investigative journalism.
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