San Francisco is burning: the untold story of the 1906 earthquake and fires

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Killing hundreds and leaving a city in ruins, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 stands as one of the greatest natural disasters in American history. But the aftermath of the quake—the fires that raged across the city for days and claimed the lives of thousands more—was an all too human disaster whose story has remained largely untold. Until now.Employing the same vivid prose and storytelling skill that made his Report from Ground Zeroa national bestseller, Dennis Smith reconstructs those harrowing days from the perspective of the people who lived through them. Smith draws on hundreds of individual accounts and official documents to unearth the true story of the fires—from the corrupt officials who left the city woefully unprepared for disaster, to the militia officers who enforced martial law with deadly force, to the individual heroes who battled the blaze and saved untold lives. San Francisco Is Burningis a thrilling disaster tale that brings a lost chapter of history back to riveting life. BACKCOVER: “Riveting.” —The Washington Post “So riveting it is enraging…[Smith’s] message is the one that matters most.” —San Francisco Chronicle “A finely woven human story of tragedy, death, heroism and blunder…This book is an eye-opener in many ways, and a good read, to boot.” —The Associated Press
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display_description At 5:12 a.m. on the morning of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by one of the worst earthquakes in history, instantly killing hundreds. The ensuing fires that ravaged the city for days were responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,000 more. In all, 522 blocks and 28,188 buildings were leveled, and some 200,000 people dislocated.This watershed event in American history has never before been told with the richness of historical detail and insight that our foremost historian of fire, Dennis Smith, brings to it in San Francisco Is Burning. Smith cinematically recounts this terrible tragedy through the stories of the people who lived through those terrible days-from a valiant naval officer who helped save the city's piers and wharves to Eugene Schmitz, the crooked mayor, to the "debonair scoundrel" Abe Ruef, the most erudite city boss in American history. Throughout, Smith reveals many unknown details about the event, from the city's great vulnerability to fire-due to its corrupt and hasty building practices-to the widespread racism the quake unleashed and the atrocities committed by national guardsmen. Told with verve and a seasoned firefighter's knowledge, San Francisco Is Burning is the gripping and definitive account of one of the greatest disasters of the twentieth century.
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subject_facet Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century
Fire fighters -- California -- San Francisco
Fire fighters -- California -- San Francisco -- 20th century
Fires -- California -- San Francisco -- History
Fires -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- History
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
title_display San Francisco is burning : the untold story of the 1906 earthquake and fires
title_full San Francisco is burning : the untold story of the 1906 earthquake and fires / Dennis Smith
San Francisco is burning : the untold story of the 1906 earthquake and fires [electronic resource] / Dennis Smith
title_short San Francisco is burning :
title_sub the untold story of the 1906 earthquake and fires
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San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906