Imperial San Francisco
Imperial San Francisco
Urban Power, Earthly Ruin
Gray Brechin

Think San Francisco is just some peacenik eco-urban utopia? Think again-- this city was built upon greed, corruption, ecological waste, and haphazard technology from its very start. But aren't all cities? —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books

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.

Title Imperial San Francisco
Subtitle Urban Power, Earthly Ruin
Author Gray Brechin
Publisher University of California Press
Title First Published 03 October 2006
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 437 p.
ISBN-10 0520250087
ISBN-13 9780520250086
Publication Date 03 October 2006
Main content page count 437
Weight 16 oz.

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