I kept reading, hoping that he'd have something nice to say about something in LA, but for naught. Every time he starts to compliment something, he qualifies it. He needs to move to Sidney, Nebraska or Flint, Michigan.
Not easily categorized: social history/architecture, social conditions Los Angeles, etc. It was beloved by professors of geography and political science at the turn of the century when I took some classes at CalStateLA.
As no one picked up the copy I had on the shelf at the old soldiers' home for eight weeks (few readers there), I took it to the 'free' book truck at the VA Hospital where it will disappear within a day.
I read Chapter Six on the bus "New Confessions" pp. 323-372 while going there with a bag of books. It would serve very well for interested students in a high school class that emphasizes reading. He deals with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, mostly under the Francis Cardinal McIntyre and his two successors, with an emphasis on the changes in the parishes given so much Catholic Latino immigration.
He does come from a leftist viewpoint and was hard on Archbishop John Cantwell, in my opinion, who is well remembered here. My friend John K. Johnson (USMC, PTO and Korean War, later an electrician) certainly thought well of him when his name came up in conversation.
Each chapter has footnotes. Index.