Item description for Ulysses California (Ulysses Travel Guides) by Gheldere DeAlexis...
Ulysses leads you through the state that gave birth to the American Dream. Every corner of the "Golden State" is covered: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, the valleys of Napa and Sonoma, the vast national parks and wildlife reserves, the endless southern beaches, the wild and rugged coast and everything in between.
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Don't bother. May 6, 2001
I love L.A.! This guide can be summed up in two phrases: there is nothing good in Los Angeles, and there is no bad in San Francisco. Yet for some reason, tourist numbers refute that vision....every year. The authors use such bright words as "slummy" and "gritty" to entice travelers to Los Angeles, "one big middle-class industrial suburb" as they have so lovinly characterized it. To mock the generally understood sunshine lifestyle of Southern California, they state that the population is tawny, but not from tans, but because of the number of Mexicans, Asians, and African-Americans that live here (how racist can you be!) On the other hand, San Francisco is described as a virtual "melting pot of cultures" (oh brother). It's basically the same population, but which have they tried to portray in a better light? I suspect that these authors are nothing but High-brow intellects (and I say intellects only as it would be self-imposed by themselves) from the bay area or New York. They decry the urban sprawl as if that were somehow unique to Los Angeles. That has only been the pattern for urban development.....world over.... for the past three decades. Have these authors ever ventured into the east or south bay, or over the bridges to New Jersey and Connecticut? Along with the sprawl, as with just about every other travel guide for Los Angeles, they also decry the freeway traffic (please let me ride like a sardine in a subway train instead), the crime (Los Angeles is the only City that has crime of course). And right here, let me add, that I have lived in different parts of Southern California my whole life (42 years), and have spent much time in Los Angeles, and have never been the victim of, or have even seem a crime committed. I don't think these authors even come to the city, they just keep regurgitating the same stupid myths that they all seem to repeat. I have never heard the term La La Land except in travel guides. I have family all over the country, they have never heard the term. Where do these people get these things? I would guess just from each other, because all their books (Ulysses, Lonely Planet, Moon (now Avalon))all say the same things, just regurgitated and refed in a "tawnier" texture. If you want a good travel guide to Los Angeles and California, I would suggest National Geographic and Fodor's. Those authors at least seemed to enjoy the place. Also Virgin has just come out with a good one. This is a great city, which is why so many people continue to move here and visit here every year. Our cultural events and facilities are unequaled by ANY city in the U.S. with the possible exception of New York, which has been a much bigger city for a much longer period of time. Just give us time. These authors state that L.A. is not the "cultural upstart". They use this approach throughout their description of Los Angeles.....Los Angeles ISN'T (some negative thing), all the while pretending that this is the common understanding, when it isn't. They may dimunitize negative concepts, but only after planting them as concepts in the first place. Ulysses would do better to have someone write about Los Angeles that appreciates the place and all it has to offer, rather than have nose-in-the-air New Yorkers, or San Franciscoans grudgingly do it just as an unwanted assignment.
Don't waste your money on this one, you may as well get a free travel guide from the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, this book is about as objective.