Imperial San Francisco

Imperial San Francisco

Urban Power, Earthly Ruin : With A New Preface

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First published in 1999, this celebrated history of San Francisco traces the exploitation of both local and distant regions by prominent families--the Hearsts, de Youngs, Spreckelses, and others--who gained power through mining, ranching, water and energy, transportation, real estate, weapons, and the mass media. The story uncovered by Gray Brechin is one of greed and ambition on an epic scale. Brechin arrives at a new way of understanding urban history as he traces the connections between environment, economy, and technology and discovers links that led, ultimately, to the creation of the atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race. In a new preface, Brechin considers the vulnerability of cities in the post-9/11 twenty-first century.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780520250086
0520250087
Call Number: 979.46 B7423i 2006
Characteristics: xxxiv, 402 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm

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An urban development history of San Francisco after the gold rush and those who profited from it. Complete with tales of murder, perverted science, and sex scandals.

this celebrated history of San Francisco traces the exploitation of both local and distant regions by prominent families;the Hearsts, de Youngs, Spreckelses, and others;who gained power through mining, ranching, water and energy, transportation, real estate, weapons, and the mass media


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