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Author Fradkin, Philip L.

Title The great earthquake and firestorms of 1906 : how San Francisco nearly destroyed itself / Philip L. Fradkin.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  979.461051 F841g 2005    ---  Available
 FSCC Non-Fiction  979.4 FRA 2005    ---  Available
Description xvii, 418 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary 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. Fradkin takes us onto the city's ruptured streets and into its exclusive clubs, teeming hospitals and refugee camps, and its Chinatown. He reveals how an elite oligarchy failed to serve the needs of ordinary people, the heroic efforts of obscure citizens, the long-lasting psychological effects, and how all these events ushered in a period of unparalleled civic upheaval.--From publisher description.
Subject San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century.
Fires -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0520230604 (cloth : alk. paper)
Standard No. 9780520230606

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