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Description - Imperial San Francisco by Gray Brechin

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520250086
ISBN-10: 0520250087
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 36mm)
Pages: 437
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gray Brechin

Gray Brechin has worked as a journalist and television producer and is coauthor of Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream (UC Press). He received his Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley Department of Geography in 1998