The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco: A Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags

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Get ready to meet twenty of the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable characters to be found in the annals the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable city in the world.

Historian Charles F. Adams brings each personality to vivid life, describing in fascinating detail their strange contributions to the first century of San Francisco’s ...
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The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco: A Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags

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Overview

Get ready to meet twenty of the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable characters to be found in the annals the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable city in the world.

Historian Charles F. Adams brings each personality to vivid life, describing in fascinating detail their strange contributions to the first century of San Francisco’s history.

These men and women either lived lives of profound rascality or, in notable lapses from propriety, committed reprehensible acts inconsistent with their more sedate reputations.

They include:

• Talbot Green, the man who gave a street the wrong name.
• Shanghai Kelly, who supplied many a ship with a crew.
• Joshua Norton, the madman who became emperor.
• Harry Meiggs, the speculator who invented North Beach.
• The “notorious” Isaiah C. Woods.
• The reclusive philanthropist James Lick.
• William C. Ralston, the banker who went for a swim.
• Charles Crocker, who tried to fence out his neighbor.
• David Terry, the judge who shot a senator.
• Charles de Young, the publisher who shot a preacher.
• Charles E. Boles, the gentleman who became Black Bart.
• Little Pete, the evil king of Chinatown.
• The conniving Mammy Pleasant and her “house of mystery.”
• Ambrose Bierce, the writer everyone loved to hate.
• “Firebelle” Lillie Coit.
• Boss Abe Ruef.
• Albert Abrams, “the father of electronic medicine.”
• The beautiful, but scandalous Amy Crocker.
• James Flood and his secret.
• Sally Stanford, the famous madam who later became a mayor.

Each, in his or her way, added to the patina of notoriety enjoyed worldwide by the City by the Bay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618090577
  • Publisher: The Write Thought, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 645,420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles F. Adams, a twenty-year resident of San Francisco, is chairman of the Wajim Corporation and president of Adams Enterprises. He spent his career in international marketing and was president and chief operating officer of D’Arcy, MacManus and Masius, Inc., one of the world’s largest advertising agencies.

He is also a former owner and general partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League, and has chaired a number of charitable and civic organizations through the years.

Adams has also written seven plays, all of which have been produced and performed in San Francisco. He is also the editor and publisher-coordinator of “An Ace and His Angel,” the war memoir of Herbert (“Stub”) Hatch, a World War II fighter pilot ace.

Mr. Adams’ accomplishments are cited in his entry in “Who’s Who In The World.” He is an accomplished and respected orator, having given dozens of speeches before a wide variety of distinguished audiences world-wide. He has authored seven books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Great read!

    Loved this easy to read history of San Francisco. Worth every penny!

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