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The L.A. riots : rage in the City of Angels
Cole, Michael D.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Discusses the riots that occurred in Los Angeles in 1992 after the verdict in the Rodney King case.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 1.0 30252.
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F869.L89 A252 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Acts of violence, inspired by anger at a not-guilty verdict acquitting three Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King assault trial, took Los Angeles hostage. By the end of the rampage, sixty people were dead, twenty-three hundred more were injured, and thousands of businesses lay in smoky ruins. This account captures the tense mood of one of the deadliest riots in American history.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-9. Few incidents in recent history have provided as much drama and equal amounts of frustration as the Los Angeles riots, the worst in U.S. history. The videotape of the officers beating Rodney King set off the eventual chain of events, and this dynamic retelling of the incidents looks at the fateful few days of rioting with specific and powerful detail. Within the chaos are several references to some of the heroes, many anonymous, who risked their lives to save innocent citizens caught in the crossfire of rage and insanity. Stark and shocking without gratuitously belaboring violent details, Cole's descriptions make clear the injustice that led to the riots, the terror of those victimized by it, and, just as successfully, both the founded and unwarranted actions of the people whose violence destroyed their communities. Succinct index; glossary; further readings list. Sherrow's The Oklahoma City Bombing and Earthquake 1989 [BKL Ja 1 & 15 99] are also part of the American Disasters series. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6Beginning dramatically with an account of a Chinese immigrant who unknowingly drove his car into the intersection of Florence and Normandie in South-Central Los Angeles where he was attacked by a group of African-American men, and continuing with the story of Reginald Dennys beating at the same intersection, this book discusses the events that led to the 1992 riots. Cole then continues with some of the incidents that took place during the days of unrest and the aftermath as the city continues to struggle to rebuild and to overcome racial tensions. The authors straightforward language, unbiased presentation of all sides of the chain reaction of the shattering events, and emphasis on the fact that many people of varied racial backgrounds worked to help the victims make this volume a good resource for reports. Full-color photographs appear throughout.Ginny Gustin, Santa Monica Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.