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The great earthquake and firestorms of 1906 : how San Francisco nearly destroyed itself

Author: Philip L Fradkin
Publisher: Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This account of the earthquake, the firestorms that followed, and the city's subsequent reconstruction shows how humans, not the forces of nature, nearly destroyed San Francisco in a remarkable display of simple ineptitude and power politics. Bolstered by previously unpublished accounts and photographs, this history of the country's greatest urban disaster will forever change conventional understanding of the event.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip L Fradkin
ISBN: 0520248201 9780520248205
OCLC Number: 1014243376
Description: xxiii, 418 pages : illustrations, 2 color map, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: I: Before --
Beginnings --
The tale of t two cities --
Science, politics, and San Francisco --
The hotel and the opera house --
II: During --
Wednesday, April 18, 1906 --
Thursday, April 19, 1906 --
Friday, April 20, 1906 --
III: After --
The relief effort --
The upbuilding of San Francisco --
The search for understanding --
The culture of disaster --
Disaster and race --
The politics of disaster --
The fat lady sings.
Responsibility: Philip L. Fradkin.

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The first indication of the prolonged terror that followed the 1906 earthquake occurred when a ship steaming off San Francisco's Golden Gate 'seemed to jump clear out of the water'. This book  Read more...

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