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Panorama: Tales of San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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Please take note of another indispensable new book celebrating the 100th anniversary of the P.P.I.E. - "San Francisco's Jewel City" by Laura Ackley. It's the perfect companion to Lee Bruno's work.
R.B. Hale first planted the idea of a fair, timed to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal into the heads of the Merchant Association of San Francisco in 1904. That dream became strong enough to withstand the subsequent San Francisco earthquake and fire of April 1906, the bubonic plague of 1907 and the beginning of WWI in August of 1914. Lee Bruno’s well written narrative essays center on the personal and human side of the visionaries, builders, innovators, artists, and visitors who created and attended this grand celebration of all human progress at that time. Lee Bruno’s book Panorama appropriately relates the story of those involved in a very readable and engaging manner, and is also elegantly appointed with relevant photos, charts, posters, maps, lists and tables of data to support those individual's stories.
There is however a critical problem with the book, a problem that should have never occurred if the book was carefully checked for readability prior to being approved for a press run.
All of the illustrations and photographs have descriptions describing the photograph/illustration. Sadly, the descriptions are not only in a very small font, but the color of the font is light gold in color. The very light color of the text and the small size of the text makes the descriptions so difficult and burdensome to read that I was left with no alternative but to return the book to Amazon.