Disasters and Heroic Rescues of California: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

Overview


It's only human to be fascinated by disasters - and uplifted by reports of heroic rescues in the face of such overwhelming circumstances. Disasters and Heroic Rescues of California includes nineteen accounts of tragedy and triumph from two centuries of Golden State history. These incredible but true stories are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $4.57   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$4.57
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(2977)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2006 Paperback New -May have label on cover and remainder mark.

Ships from: San Jose, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$8.27
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(44)

Condition: New
2006-01-01 Paperback New A nice, clean NEW book. Very fast shipping. Tracking is available.

Ships from: Maryville, TN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(136)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview


It's only human to be fascinated by disasters - and uplifted by reports of heroic rescues in the face of such overwhelming circumstances. Disasters and Heroic Rescues of California includes nineteen accounts of tragedy and triumph from two centuries of Golden State history. These incredible but true stories are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature.
 
Experience the drama of:
The Donner Party's tragic struggle to survive the winter of 1846-1847
The 1906 earthquake and fire that ravaged the resilient city of San Francisco
The worst peacetime naval disaster in U.S. history: the wreck of seven destroyers at Point Arguello in 1923  in heavy fog.
The 1953 Rattlesnake Ridge blaze that trapped fifteen firefighters
The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that shook more than 70,000 World Series spectators - and left California's Central Coast in turmoil
 
Whether the events happened long ago or within your lifetime, you'll be moved by these suspenseful stories and historic photos.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Living near the San Andreas Fault, one can become so inured to the frequent tremors that he gradually forgets that living in California has always been something of a gamble. Sure, there was the great San Francisco earthquake in 1906, and nearly every week someone helpfully reminds Californians that they are long overdue for "The Big One." Life goes on, however, and gradually the warnings lose their punch. It takes a book like this one to remind the citizens that sudden devastation is never far away, and that their state has hosted a wide array of calamities over the years. Some of these blows were initiated--or at least worsened--by bad human judgment, but even in those cases the inexorable laws of nature made the situation much worse. Take, for example, the creation of a huge and useless sea. Prior to 1905, the Salton Sink was a hellishly hot but thriving agricultural area lying along the bottom of the lowest geological point in North America. An ill-considered canal project, however, combined with three years of heavy rains in the Southwest to bring the Colorado River brimming over its banks. Gravity did the rest, and for three years the great river surged into the hapless valley. By the time the Colorado was finally coaxed back to its normal bed, a 38-mile-long lake covered towns, farms, and rail lines. High evaporation rates and lack of an outlet soon turned the dry sump into America's very own Dead Sea, picturesque but useless. Fifteen years later, a flotilla of US Navy destroyers was steaming down the rocky coastline of the Santa Barbara channel when it encountered a heavy fog bank. A faulty navigational estimate in the lead ship, an imperious commodore, and starchy navaldiscipline soon led the small warships into a deadly game of follow-the-leader onto the rocks. Their rusty hulks may be seen in the pounding surf to this day, a peacetime disaster unmatched by any other navy in the world. This collection of catastrophes is nothing if not varied: the Donner pioneers starving atop a frozen ridge; an assortment of fires and airplane crashes; a flawed dam; and even an anarchist bombing. The authors know how to write respectfully, but still zestfully, about events that will enthrall YAs and still make old-timers shake their heads. KLIATT Codes: SA--Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Globe Pequot, Insiders Guide, 185p. illus. maps., $13.95.. Ages 15 to adult.
—Raymond Puffer
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762738229
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Disasters Series Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author


Ray Jones is the author or coauthor of numerous books on history and travel. The founding editor of Albuquerque Living magazine and a former writing coach at Southern Living, he now lives in Pebble Beach, California.

Joe Lubow is a freelance writer living in Santa Cruz, California.

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)