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Product Details

  • Series: WPA Guides
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520268806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520268807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Perhaps the finest single volume on these 47 square miles.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2011-06-05)

“Stylish paperbacks”
(T Magazine - The New York Times 2011-02-24)

“Reading both is like finding hidden treasures. The San Francisco edition is a must have for anyone interested in the city. . . . The San Francisco and Los Angeles guidebooks offer both traditional tours of the city as well as historical writing more closely akin to poetry. These are books that people can read aloud to one another.”
(Beyondchron 2011-03-24)

“More than just a tool to help you find the nearest Presbyterian church or a convenient tennis court, the guides, part of the Depression-era Federal Writers Project, included thoughtful essays on history, life and culture in each destination, as well as blow-by-blow tours through city neighborhoods and other information that in many cases remains at least partially relevant (or interesting) today.“
(New York Post 2011-03-28)

“A useful book as well as an important historical volume.”
(Foreword 2011-06-10)

“A fascinating book.”
(Robert Walch Salinas Californian 2011-07-29)

About the Author

The Federal Writers Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) not only provided jobs and income to writers during the Depression, it created for America an astounding series of detailed and richly evocative guides, recounting the stories and histories of the 48 states (plus Alaska Territory and Puerto Rico) and many of the country’s major cities. David Kipen served for five years as Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he led the Big Read initiative, and for seven years as book editor and book critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History and translator of Cervantes’ The Dialogue of the Dogs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eddi Haskell on March 12, 2013
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This book is OK, but could have been written by authors who never stepped foot in the real San Francisco in the 1930's. It only writes about downtown San Francisco to any great degree- and just about ignores the city West of Van Ness Avenue and South of Market Street. The Chinese are the only ethnic group covered in great detail -- very little is written about the Italian Community of San Francisco which was huge in the 1930's. It is not the quality read that the WPA book on New York City is written during the same period, and is a bit tedious -- but is OK for serious San Francisco buffs at a reasonable price who will finish reading this in one evening as a quick read.
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By Peter Garland on June 16, 2014
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Oh, this was exciting, as I am somewhat of a specialist in San Francisco history. Recommended it to friends. Thank you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Melanson on January 19, 2012
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For amateur or professional historians this book is an excellent resource to one aspect of San Francisco's history. I feel that knowledge of local history enriches our daily lives.
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By Mark Sample on August 21, 2014
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