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Last Bonanza Kings: The Bourns Of San Francisco Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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“[Ferol] Egan, an acclaimed California historian, makes use of the extensive Bourn family papers in this rich and lively history of the Bourn family and its influence on the development of San Francisco. Students of California history and the role of the Bourn family in the Bay Area’s growth will find this book informative reading.” -- Choice



“No reader interested in California’s colorful past can afford to ignore this major new family biography.” -- Woodland Democrat



“Last Bonanza Kings is a wonderful local history even for people who don’t like history. Author/historian Egan tells a good story, a skill too often overlooked when it comes to writing history. [He] even manages to make the basics of mining interesting to a general reader.” -- Davis Enterprise

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Award-winning author, Ferol Egan, has written six books. In 1986, Egan gained access to the correspondence and papers of the Bourn family. In this book, he brings well-deserved attention to an overlooked dynasty in California history.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press; y First printing edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874173191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874173192
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In his biography of William Bourn I and William Bourn II the author consistantly drifts from the topic.
A prime example is even though William Bourn is in Monte Carlo during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Egan adds to his description of the events in San Francisco the following sentence: "Even after the devestation of an earthquake that would have measured somewhere about 8.25 on the Richter Scale-to be developed in later years by Charles F. Richter of the Claifornia Institute of Technology..."
Unfortunately this quote is not exceptional. If the author stayed with his topic the information Eagan unearthed on this important California family would require half the pages.
Ferol Egan's "Last Bonanza Kings" is a book sorely in need of an editor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario A. Palestini on July 5, 2007
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I have to say that i am absolutely fascinated by the Bourns. This book which i have not completely finished offers wonderful insight into one of the most influential families of the 19th and 20th centuries. The only thing that the book lacked was photographs. The book should have included photos of the Bourn Mansion in Pacific Heights (San Francisco), and Filoli out in Woodside. Other than those minor details this book was inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By So. Calif book reader on December 9, 2006
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I thought I had left a review but in looking back I haven't, so I will. I was REAL disappointed with this book. I spent a lot of money on it because I was excited to learn about the Bourn's, but the book left me with very little knowledge. Possibly there was no reason to write a book about them, but there just wasn't anything to sink my literary teeth into.
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I have not finished the book. It has interesting information but is hard for me to get through. I guess I will slowly finish it.
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