San Francisco History

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439108246
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Published: Free Press - March 5th, 2013

The critically acclaimed, San Francisco Chronicle bestseller—a gripping story of the strife and tragedy that led to San Francisco’s ultimate rebirth and triumph.

Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helpe

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area  (Spectre) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629635101
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Published: PM Press - June 1st, 2018

This exploration begins by tracing the concentration of IT in Greater Silicon Valley and the resulting growth in start-ups, jobs, and wealth. This is followed by a look at the new working class of color and the millions earning poverty wages.

Noe Valley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467103756
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - September 30th, 2019

Noe Valley is known as San Francisco's "Village within the City." Originally part of Jose de Jesus Noe's old Spanish land grant, Noe Valley became a vibrant neighborhood that is considered to be one the city's most desirable residential areas.

San Francisco Beer: A History of Brewing by the Bay Cover Image
By Bill Yenne, Shaun O'Sullivan (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781626199521
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Published: History Press - June 6th, 2016

The story of beer in San Francisco is as old as the city itself. San Francisco had its first commercial brewery by 1847, two years before the gold rush, and went on to reign as the major brewing center in the American West through the nineteenth century. From the 1930s to the early 1950s, iconic San Francisco-based breweries Lucky and Acme owned the statewide California market.

San Francisco's Noe Valley (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738529059
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - November 1st, 2004

Named for Jose de Jesus Noe, San Francisco's last Mexican mayor, Noe Valley is undoubtedly one of San Francisco's favorite neighborhoods and certainly one of the most picturesque. Yet the area has a rich and varied history reaching far beyond the lovely buildings and lively street scenes familiar to so many citydwellers.

Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcart’s 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco’s Chinatown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944903893
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Published: Cameron Books - March 24th, 2020

The unique character of San Francisco’s Chinatown is revealed in a historical map and fascinating photographs

This colorful and celebratory time capsule of San Francisco’s Chinatown—the largest Chinese community outside of Asia—shares the stories of the unique businesses, culture, and people encountered by map illustrator Ken Cathcart between 1939 and

San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978807341
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Published: Rutgers University Press - November 7th, 2019

San Francisco is a city of contradictions. It is one of the most socially liberal cities in America, but it also has some of the nation’s worst income inequality. It is a playground for tech millionaires, with an outrageously high cost of living, yet it also supports vibrant alternative and avant-garde scenes.

Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811863377
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2008

Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of"international orange"? Or that ancient Mayan and Art Deco buildings influenced the design? Current bridge architectDonald MacDonald answers these questions and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history.

City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520086050
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Published: University of California Press - October 1st, 2002

San Francisco is perhaps the most exhilarating of all American cities--its beauty, cultural and political avant-gardism, and history are legendary, while its idiosyncrasies make front-page news.

San Francisco: Legends, Heroes & Heartthrobs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631320750
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Published: Advanced Publishing LLC - November 15th, 2019

Do you enjoy stories about San Francisco? San Francisco: Legends, Heroes, & Heartthrobs offers unique and compelling anecdotes about the City by the Bay, told through its people. From the Gold Rush, to the 1906 earthquake, to the Summer of Love - there are distinct, eye-catching illustrations and short, easy-to-digest stories with intriguing twists.

Lost San Francisco Cover Image
ISBN: 9781862059344
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Published: Pavilion - November 23rd, 2011

Looks at how a city used to run—the old transport systems, former city halls, stores, theaters and cinemas, gas stations and car showrooms, restaurants, and people on the sidewalkLooks at how a city used to run—the old transport systems, former city halls, stores, theaters and cinemas, gas stations and car showrooms, restaurants, and people on the sidewalk Aspects of lost San Francisco

Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978 Cover Image
By Chris Carlsson (Editor), Lisaruth Elliott (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781931404129
Published: City Lights Books - June 14th, 2011

A collection of essays spans the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State University strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. This volume provides a broad look at the diverse ways these ten years shook the city of San Francisco and shaped the world we live in today.

Imperial San Francisco, With a New Preface: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520250086
Published: University of California Press - October 3rd, 2006

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.

Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597144926
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Published: Heyday Books - February 4th, 2020

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco's Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at the bar of Texas Playhouse.