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San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires #2019

San Francisco Is Burning The Untold Story of the Earthquake and Fires Killing hundreds and leaving a city in ruins the San Francisco earthquake of stands as one of the greatest natural disasters in American history But the aftermath of the quake the fires that rag

  • Title: San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires
  • Author: DennisSmith
  • ISBN: 9780452287594
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires By DennisSmith, 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 was an all too human disaster whose story has remained largely untold Until now Employing the same viviKilling 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 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 Zero a 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 Burning is 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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    1. After our trip to San Francisco, I really wanted to read , especially about the fire boats Naturally, that was the activity my husband a firefighter picked, and I thought it would be really interesting to learn about why SFFD thought they were necessary the story of the fires and earthquakes quickly made it obvious Plus, it was a really great look at what the turn of the century firefighters were like and how different things are today.It was also an account of some of the involved individuals [...]

    2. The style of this book irked me tremendously, unreasonably perhaps I just don t like books that parade to be non fiction and then launch into sentences like Rudolph Spreckels looked at his pregnant wife in bed and thought about how much he loved her In the first place this individual is long dead and cannot possibly tell us now how exactly he felt on the night before the 1906 earthquake so I just feel that it s bad practice as a historian The next problem I have with this book is that it makes e [...]

    3. Pretty good book Stays true to the title It briefly covers San Francisco history and the actual earthquake, then it focuses on the fire My only problem was the writing style Uses a lot of names and then gives you a brief history of those people and a lot of them weren t really necessary This is my second attempt on a book about the 1906 earthquake, the first book was horrible, this one was decent I figure there has to be a book out there that really brings this event to life, but I doubt I ll bo [...]

    4. Not a bad book overall, lots of very good information on the earthquake, the fires that followed, and the corruption that plagued the city My 3 star rating comes from the unevenness of writing in my opinion, the information was there, it just didn t feel smooth which kept me from really sinking into the book I m glad I read it and would recommend it to anyone interested in the 1906 fire, just realize you might have to push through some parts to make it to the end.

    5. A decent account of both the earthquake and subsequent fires, with interesting insight to key personalities firemen, politicians, military officers, and citizens alike Smith utilizes a bit too much artistic license, however, in conveying the thoughts of these people at times Unless such thoughts were truly documented, which these do not seem to be they tend to undermine the legitimacy of the book.

    6. Not quite nonfiction, not quite fiction It reads like nonfiction, but Smith puts a lot of thoughts and motives into the heads of historical figures That said, it was an interesting read I learned a lot about the earthquake and fires of 1906, and also a bit about the complications of dealing with disasters in general.

    7. Overall a good account of the aftermath of San Francisco s 1906 earthquake, albeit with a narrow focus The author has two interests here firefighting and anti government While he admits the book is focused on the efforts to fight the fires caused by the 1906 earthquake, and a bit how the local corruption affected it, the corruption takes up than its fair share of the book The author also trends to some distracting digressions, ones that seem to have only tenuous connections to the narrative.

    8. An enjoyable read and very well researched though, alas, without citations Made me want to visit the City by the Bay again, and tour some the sites the author speaks of.

    9. This is my first experience with narrative non fiction While it took me a few chapters to get used to it, I realized that the storytelling aspect of it would be how I remembered the details presented I found myself cheering for the firefighters like my dad and for the young man who had come to San Francisco to be married I felt the frantic packing of cherished belongings when women realized that their homes were about to be destroyed I felt the frustration as the homes were senselessly dynamited [...]

    10. The earthquake that hit San Francisco was terrible enough the resulting fires were even worse Given the massive damage from the earthquake itself, which destroyed fire houses along with everything else, it is not surprising that fire became a devastating problem.San Francisco had one of the best Fire Chief Engineers of all time, Dennis Sullivan, who perished from the earthquake Had Dennis Sullivan lived, chances are good that the fire damage would have been significantly reduced Without his lead [...]

    11. Dennis Smith lays out an interesting cast of characters to tell the story of what happened during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires It was definitely heartrending to read of collapsed hotels where people could not get free in time because of the fires I believe the author said that about 10% of the damage to San Francisco was because of the earthquake and the rest of the damage was due to the fires I hope people in today s San Francisco are better prepared to deal with the f [...]

    12. I had seen a show in the History Channel about the 1906earthquake and fires and was interested to read some books about it This was an informative book, a little dry at times when it went into the histories about the state or people of the time which while related to the telling of the story of the catastrophe wasn t the most interesting But overall it was an interesting book.It s crazy some of the things that went on being shot on site for looting, a man that was drunk for most the time followi [...]

    13. Decent book Think Smith s thinking was skewed especially while he tries to justify how busy SF firemen are The fact is, with smoke detectors, slower burning material, and sophisticated sprinkler systems, putting out fires has shrunk to a very small percentage of current fireman s tasks Currently, if you are in a car accident and need medical attention, the fire department races the ambulance to the scene It is redundant and expensive Spinning how busy current firemen are made me question the ob [...]

    14. Very descriptive Smith really makes one imagine the scenes of destruction and the chaos He also shows how errors in the leadership political cronyism run rampant and lack of a well trained military contributed to the problems His descriptions of the abuses of the military shooting of looters and dynamiting buildings apparently for the sake of dynamiting are especially compelling He also makes a strong case that General Faustin does not deserve the credit he as has recieved and that the fire depa [...]

    15. This piece of history is particularly compelling as the street names, buildings, parks, etc are mostly familiar, we go by them all the time Occasionally the facts and figures overwhelm the story however, I was fascinated with the things the leaders did wrong and suggestions that the fire could have been much better controlled than it was Some of those lessons could be valuable Toward the end there is a litany of some the corruption, the drinking and jail time that tied up the story of some of th [...]

    16. I liked the book knew that fire was the biggest killer but didn t realize the politics and power players behind the scenes Enjoyed following families through the tragedy and the balance of their lives Presented credible outline of the events and the unintended outcomes of actions and non actions How human errors made the event substantially worse.

    17. Well written account of the earthquake and fire VERY fireman and emergency focussed but also talked about the politics This book has an opinion about people and isn t afraid to tell you who is good, dumb, bad etc.

    18. A wonderful account of the 1906 earthquake and fire It is amazing that after all of the problems that befell the city because of poor preparation, that the city still is not prepared for another large earthquake today.

    19. An amazing and enlightening expose on the dastardly deeds behind the unnecessary destruction of a great city Written by a fireman, with a good eye for details that lay bare the idiocy that plagued those in charge during the quake and it s aftermath.A good read, and a heartbreak.

    20. I had a bit of a problem with the history fiction aspect As a San Franciscan, sometimes irritated by silly errors of placeuld have been easily verified But, there were fascinating moments and it was worth reading Just wish it had been a better read Kept hoping that it would be.

    21. Fascinating and upsetting account of the great earthquake fire of 1906 Apparently the first book to give due credit to several previously unsung heroes of the firefighting, including a naval officer who was from Fort Wayne, IN

    22. The book was an interesting look into the political and social goings on in the city at the time of the earthquake, but it took me forever to get through

    23. being from the area, this is a very interesting and informative read not exactly a page turner, but still, worth reading.

    24. Really great historical account of the great SF earthquake and fires, putting the city into historical, social and economical context.

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