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by Max Morgan Witts,Gordon Thomas

This is the story of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906: It contains never before published documents of the insurance companies, the military, and the Red Cross to tear away the myths and expose the real villains and heroes The last big earthquake in the United States came at 5:13 a.m. on April 18, 1906, in San Francisco. No one knows when the next, even more devastating earthquake will come to San Francisco, but one will come. Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts have written a spellbinding moment-by-moment account of the 1906 earthquake and dramatic prediction-based on expert opinion-of the next one. The authors use never-before-published eyewitness reports and previously ignored documents of the insurance companies, the military, and the Red Cross to tear away the myths surrounding the holocaust. They expose the real villains and heroes, show how the political powers tried to conceal the amount of damage caused by the earthquake, reveal that the fire was spread by the inexperienced dynamite squads trying to contain it, and tell how the military executed people without trial. The reader joins the great Italian tenor Caruso, the founder of the Bank of America Giannini, the writer-adventurer Jack London, the temperamental star John Barrymore, and the thousands of less famous in their struggle for survival. The authors ask unsettling questions. How prepared is the city for the coming catastrophe? Why is there, for instance, only one fire boat in San Francisco Bay? Why does the subway tunnel through the San Andreas fault? Why have new skyscrapers been built in the part most likely to go?
Download The San Francisco Earthquake epub
ISBN: 081281360X
ISBN13: 978-0812813609
Category: No category
Author: Max Morgan Witts,Gordon Thomas
Language: English
Publisher: Stein and Day; First Edition edition (1971)
Pages: 316 pages
ePUB size: 1593 kb
FB2 size: 1905 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 350
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Good book, it goes into great detail, following some of the main players in the earthquake - the corrupt mayor, the crusading public figure, valiant interim fire chief, and General Funston, commander of the Presidio. The good general imposed what was essentially Marshall law and tried to keep order with his troops. He had a point, the powers that be (that were?) were spectacularly corrupt, making graft start form.

Trouble is Fun stones lads had their own problems, as young men given a gun, a catastrophe, vigilante power, and adrenaline tend to have. The order to shoot looters did not help, no stats were kept but likely many were shot trying to salvage their own stuff. Ah, and the boys did a bit of looting too, especially licorice stores. Perhaps not their finest moment.

But they tried, especially trying for a fire break by blasting houses. Trouble is, they didn't have much experience, so they tended the send blazing building parts into intact buildings. Oops.

There were may heroes in those days, the naval personnel from a nearby base did a great job fighting fires, and many did the right thing. Just like real life I suppose. Why won't you like this if you're from San Francisco? Because the author maintains it will happen again, which it will of course. But how bad? Are the buildings better off, our preparations better, our warning technology enough? My daughter and her family live there, I personally just hope he's wrong when he says nothings changed.
This is a good book with a lot of opinions. It sets out to correct a number of points of view that the authors regard as erroneous. Since I'm not a historian, I can't evaluate their veracity. It gives a lot of information about how the fire spread and how the attempts to fight it often made it worse. Lots of insight into governmental corruption at the time. Keep in mind that this book was published in 1971. Therefore, the last sections that detail "recent" events having to do with earthquake preparedness are at least 36 years out of date.
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This was a fascinating and well researched history of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. In addition, the author also presents a more current status as to the likelihood of another major quake and the city's ability to respond to such a disaster. It appears that San Francisco could be hard pressed if such a quake should again occur, as there are differing possible scenarios that could result.
This was a riveting description of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco and it's aftermath. The stories leading up to the earthquake could sometimes be overly detailed and it was hard to understand the value other than giving readers a slice of life or making the story more personal. I understand the objective, but I found myself skimming through a lot of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical insight into San Francisco during that era and the characters who found themselves or put themselves in charge of emergency response.
I could not put this down, it is a fascinating account of the events leading up, during and subsequent to one of the US's most destructive events.
This book was well-written and extremely interesting. I studied geology in college and pretty well understood the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 from that scientific perspective. However, this book expanded that perspective and further introduced interesting personal perspectives I to the mix. I was entertained and horrified in the telling. Great book.
Good background on an important event in history. A lot of human interest that I had not heard before.
I've read several books by the team of Gordon and Thomas-Witts and they have been uniformly excellent. Weaving the experiences of multiple participants together to give an overall perspective of the event, the reader gets a good sense of what it was like. I can honestly say anything by these guys are well worth at least checking out..... you'll be surprised how much you learn and how enjoyable the experience is.