BN.com Gift Guide

Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay

Overview

Discover one of the world’s most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco. Author Gael Chandler takes readers through more than 250 years of American history with exciting essays on topics such as the city’s origins to the founding of the Presidio of San Francisco and the Mission San Francisco de Asis to its modern role as the progressive and innovative heart of a nation. Along the way you’ll meet characters like the city’s foremother Juana ...

See more details below
Paperback
$17.50
BN.com price
(Save 20%)$21.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $12.97   
  • New (10) from $12.97   
  • Used (3) from $14.30   

Overview

Discover one of the world’s most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco. Author Gael Chandler takes readers through more than 250 years of American history with exciting essays on topics such as the city’s origins to the founding of the Presidio of San Francisco and the Mission San Francisco de Asis to its modern role as the progressive and innovative heart of a nation. Along the way you’ll meet characters like the city’s foremother Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, gangster Al Capone, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, activist politician Harvey Milk, the pioneers of today’s techno boom, and many others who changed the face of the city—plus lesser-known tales, like those of the children of Alcatraz and the story of John McLaren, the architect of Golden Gate Park. In addition, guided walking tours of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods by the bay and beyond, illustrated with color photographs and period maps, take readers to the places where history really happened.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"San Francisco is such a modern, progressive city that it is easy to forget just what a rich history it has. The eighth title in Museyon's Chronicles series, Chronicles of Old San Francisco explores the City by the Bay. Beautifully illustrated, the guide concludes with eight walking tours, from Chinatown and Nob Hill to Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury." —June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune

Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler offers a quick reference to the city’s history and players in 28 true stories covering 250 years: In it, readers will meet Levi Strauss (think blue jeans), Domenico Ghirardelli (think chocolate), the 'rock legends' of Haight-Ashbury (think Grateful Dead) and many others. Plus, local landmarks and walking tours of unique neighborhoods." —Allen Pierieoni, Sacramento Bee

"You may think you know all the sordid, fascinating history of San Francisco, the so-called Baghdad by the Bay, but author Gael Chandler fleshes them out for you, giving detail about Lotta Crabtree, Levi Strauss, cable car inventor Andrew Hallidie and, of course, Harvey Milk. Plus, she devotes an entire chapter to Herb Caen, so there’s that in its favor." —Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee

Library Journal
10/15/2014
Packing a lot of information into 320 pages, this title does not know what it wants to be when it grows up. Does it wish to be a history book, a bibliography, or a walking tour guide? As there is no introduction, conclusion, or explanation from Chandler (Film Editing), readers must decide for themselves. Arranged chronologically (from 1775 to present), the book's first section and each of the 28 chapters discusses that decade via colorful historical figures, from Emperor Norton to Joseph Strauss to Harvey Milk. While the volume is filled with intriguing people and over 500 photographs and illustrations, the reader is left wanting more. Also the author's opinions and unusual jargon come through a bit too much and this may put off a general reading audience. The second section, consisting of eight walking tour guides, is somewhat basic and there are not a lot of suggestions on where to eat, shop, or rest, and they do not include information for the elderly, those traveling with children, or those with handicap or mobility issues. VERDICT You may have left your heart in San Francisco, but you should also leave this book at home.—Melissa Aho, Univ. of Minnesota Bio-Medical Lib., Minneapolis
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984633494
  • Publisher: Museyon Inc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 220,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gael Chandler is a former film editor who taught editing and digital editing systems. She is the author of three books on film editing. She lives in San Francisco.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)