Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin / Edition 2

Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin / Edition 2

by Gray Brechin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520250087

ISBN-13: 9780520250086

Pub. Date: 10/03/2006

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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. Brechin arrives at a new way of understanding urban history as he traces the connections between environment, economy, and technology and discovers links that led, ultimately, to the creation of the atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race. In a new preface, Brechin considers the vulnerability of cities in the post-9/11 twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250086
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
California Studies in Critical Human Geography
Edition description:
With a New Preface
Pages:
437
Sales rank:
1,203,067
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface to the 2006 Edition
Preface to the First Edition: The Urban Maelstrom
Introduction: New Romes for a New World

Part I: Foundations of Dominion
1. The Pyramid of Mining
2. Water Mains and Bloodlines

Part II: The Thought Shapers
3. The Scott Brothers: Arms and the Overland Mutiny
4. The De Youngs: Society Invents Itself
5. The Hearsts: Racial Supremacy and the Digestion of "All Mexico"

Part III: Remote Control
6. Toward Limitless Energy
7. The University, the Gate, and "the Gadget"

Notes
A Note on Sources
Select Bibliography
Index

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