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The Earth Shook Sky Burned: A Photographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Paperback – November 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811816672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811816670
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most moving and comprehensive account of the great disaster ever published. Los Angeles Times

About the Author

William Bronson (1926-1976) authored four books on West Coast history and produced a PBS film on the Great Quake.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Boz on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have read many books about the great earthquake and fire of 1906, and this is by far the best. A stirring and realistic account of the tragedy is illustrated with the best photos that I have seen, many taken in the places of most danger at the time. This is a must-have book for those who are interested in the 'quake of '06.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerald R Lovell on April 4, 2006
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The basis history of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906 is well known, and will be repeated endlessly as the centennial of this geologic event occurs.

The present volume is a photographic glimpse into the awful events of fire and collapse that followed the earthquake. The book is not long on discussion, but the clarity and starkness of the photographs reveal much that discussion never could. For any student of geology, or of California history, the book is a valuable addition to one's library. These black and white vignettes of a terrible disaster tell us much about the life and times of that bygone era. I recommend it to all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karoly on April 25, 2006
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I was fascinated with natural disasters when I was a child. I remember looking through this book, lying on my parent's bed, staring at the pictures of this horrible event. They haunted me then, and I can still see them in my mind's eye, these 35 years later. This is a story told with visuals, not dialogue. It is beautifully photographed, all without censure or special effects. The photos are grainy and some blurred, but capture the heart of the people of San Francisco, as it is broken and burned. Some images are difficult to see, and readers must use discretion if light of heart. Otherwise, I highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in natural disasters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miss demeaner on December 30, 2006
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I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE GOTTEN THIS FOR A GIFT . THIS HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC WILL HOLD A PERMANENT PLACE IN MY LIBRARY OF GREAT NON-FICTION & CLASSICS . THERE ARE 400 PHOTOS AND VERY DESCRIPTIVE CAPTIONS ALONG WITH SHORT STORY LINES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN PROPER CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER .

I HAVE EVEN TAKEN TO USING A MAGNIFYING GLASS TO SEARCH THE FAR BACKROUNDS OF MANY OF THESE HEART STOPPING PICTURES OF PEOPLE, ANIMALS FROZEN IN TIME DURING THE MOST FRIGHTENING DAYS OF THEIR LIVES . I'T SEEMS THAT THERE ISN'T PANIC IN ANY OF THESE FACES WHILE IT LOOKED LIKE THE WORLD WAS COMING TO AN AWFUL FIERY END . WHY HAVE WE AS A PEOPLE CHANGED WHEN CALM WOULD BE THE ORDER OF THE DAY DURING SUCH AN EXPERIENCE ?

MY DAD USE TO SAY MANY YEARS AGO, " MEN WERE MADE OF STEEL AND SHIPS MADE OF WOOD ...NOW MEN SEEM TO BE MADE OF WOOD "
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This is a very good record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake in word and pictures. I read it several times in my teens. I was glad to find it on Kindle. I especially enjoyed it after visiting San Francisco, connecting what is there now to what was there then.
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