- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Cameron & Company; 1st edition (December 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0918684331
- ISBN-13: 978-0918684332
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.7 x 14.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 Hardcover – December 1, 1989
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Then my nephew who is studying at a nearby college came and went through the book, as he is studying urban planning. He was very interested in the modern day SF and the author's explanations of why SF is in an even more precarious position should another quake as strong as the 1906 quake happen, due to continued ignoring of the need for quake proof buildings and water lines, breaks between houses, the fact that SF actually has less fire departments now then in 1906 and other major problems.
I love San Francisco as a city and where I grew up, but quite frankly, I would never dream of moving back there, partly because of this book. Yet there are other cities equally at risk over poor urban planning (new Orleans for one), and this book would be a good required reading for those going into urban planning and environmental impact on human populations.
A truly great book...
Everyone devoted to the serious study of earthquakes or the mitigation of their hazard--geophysicists, seismologists, civil and structural engineers, architects, disaster relief workers, fire personnel, police, building officials and so on, all must have this book for their professional libraries. Yet they might overlook it for years, as I did, and I'm in that group. We might pass it by because it is so brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated, but there aren't any graphs or partial differential equations or whatever.
Interestingly, it is published by Cameron and Co., whose "Over London" etc. books have those astounding aerial photos. Well, I thought the new photos in this book must be by Cameron, they're so good. No, they're by Richard Hansen, Gladys Hansen's son, who also researched the old photos, and is a top-notch professional photographer, obviously.
So this is a top quality coffee-table book. But it is much, much more. It's the result of Hansen's many years of meticulous research and awesome scholarship on the subject, still going on, tracking the growing number of casualties (currently over 4000). It is an expose' of disgusting corruption, of arson and military looting. It describes the shaking, maps the areas of bad ground, the route of the fires, describes the misery of the refugees, and, finally, almost when one can stand no more bad stuff, true gut-level heroism. All is told in restrained, elegant prose, somehow making the catastrophe more profound. It is also the testament of a great San Francisco Fire Chief, terse, professional, of quietly distressing implications and of immense value to planners. It is a treasure, a classic. BUY IT!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift to my husband. He is researching his grandfather's trek from Norway to Adna, Washington. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cindy
Great unique book about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.Published 17 months ago by Datadrifter
The ultimate pictorial depiction of the Great Earthquake and Fire. Chief Condon's participation and warnings make this an essential addition to any library of the event.Published 18 months ago by SultanoSurf
The author has created a much reveered book of the much covered, but not completely truthfully told, 1906 event. Read morePublished on August 6, 2008 by Mike L'Alouette
I received this book as a gift and I loved it then and still love it now. After seeing the PBS (television) show on this subject I became intrigued and wanted to learn more. Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Angie2
As somewhat of a history buff, this book fascinated me. The photos are simply astounding and easy to get lost in. Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by JamesG