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The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself

 
 
 
 
The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself
Author: Philip L. Fradkin
ISBN 13: 9780520248205
ISBN 10: 520248201
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2006-04-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
List Price: $24.95
 
 

"Before he wrote books, Philip Fradkin was a newspaperman, and this vivid book has the directness, the reliability, and the reliance on original sources of good journalism. It dismisses some of the legends of the earthquake and gives us new information just as gripping. I am already using it as a reference book, and it is sure to become a standard source for everyone writing about 1906, a great historic event that has previously generated little but untrustworthy and dilatory histories."—Rebecca Solnit, author of River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

"The masterful Philip Fradkin once again plays Sherlock Holmes to Western environmental history. None of the standard histories of the 1906 disaster are likely to survive the exemplary jolt of his remarkable new research."—Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster