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One guidebook is never enough for a single trip. Frommer's is great for pre-departure planning. Some swear by "Lonely Planet" or "Let's Go" to help them find accommodation as they travel. But LP's forte is nuts-and-bolts information, not embellishment, so it makes pretty dry beach reading. Vancouver's own Arsenal Pulp Press fills this void with its "Unknown City" series. The books don't advise on where to stay, how to get around, or list the top sightseeing spots. Rather, they act like a friend who lives in the city you're visiting. They tell you the really juicy stuff.?"The Georgia Straight"--Carolyn Ali "Georgia Straight "

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Josh Krist is the publisher of InsideOut Travel Magazine, a bimonthly online travel publication that caters to the traveler/adventurer at heart. InsideOut also publishes pop-up mini-guidebooks. An avid traveler, Josh has more than ten years of editing, reporting and writing experience. He is based in San Francisco. Helene Goupil is the founding editor of Inside Out Travel Magazine, a bimonthly online travel publication that caters to the traveler/adventurer at heart. Inside Out also publishes pop-up mini-guidebooks. Helene is based in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Unknown City
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551521881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551521886
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,528,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Burgin on December 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is not a typical guidebook for the traveler. Most of those books are little more than directories of hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations and shopping areas. By contrast, this is the kind of book I could imagine even a non-traveler curious about San Francisco might sit down to read. One would probably know more after merely reading this book than after traveling to San Francisco and rushing around a few touristy areas, camera in hand. In an engaging narrative voice, the authors flesh out the locations with background details and historical context. The emphasis is less on the "must see" tourist locations that the business traveler might squeeze in after his convention is over, and more on the elements that make San Francisco the unique place that it is for those who live there. Make no mistake, practical details about the places covered are not ignored. The main text covers both these details and the bigger picture of what makes each location worth visiting. Smaller sidebar entries are like footnotes, dropping in little bits of trivia along the way. There are plenty of photos and quirky iconic illustrations ventilating the text throughout the book. Highly recommended as an alternative to the mainstream travel guides out there.
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I like the "Unknown City" series, I've used the New York and Vancouver book before. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, and I've been there enough times to think this book couldn't tell me much. Boy, was I wrong. What I liked is that one the one hand it hit all the big highlights of all the main, and not so well known neighborhoods, but what was really neat is this "guidebook" is really a bunch of short stories--I knew there were colorful and crazy people in this city, but I had no idea that these people have been here since it first began. I really enjoyed it, and as someone how has a lot of guidebooks, this is a great book on an even greater city. Oh, and although some of the photography was just picturtes of what places (especially hard-to-find ones) looked like from the street, some of the photography was really funky and cool.
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San Francisco: The Uknown City is not like the big name travel guides to SF such as Fodor's, Frommer's, etc...

Instead of the typical guidebook that only recommends seeing obvious sights such as the golden gate bridge, coit tower and pier 39, The Unknown City highlights museums, bookstores, restaurants, and other attractions of the city by the bay that may not be as well known as they should be. The Uknown City makes for great reading,and lots of interesting factoids about the city are dispersed throughout. As a SF resident, I am constantly learning new and interesting facts about my city as a result of this book. I have recommended this to friends and family as a required book to purchase before their visit to SF, and all of them have later thanked me for it. If you are planning on visiting San Francisco or if you've been a resident for years and wish to learn more about SF from a different perspective, then this book is for you!
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I purchased this book for a weekend trip to SF based upon the Amazon reviews, and their comments were right on the mark. This was not only the most enjoyable guide book I've read, but also the most useful. I visited several of the restaurants, bars and stores they recommended, each of which were great.

I also was fortunate enough to meet the authors Josh and Helene when they introduced themselves after seeing me walk into a store carrying my copy of this book. They are passionate about wanting both visitors and residents to enjoy the many fun and interesting things about SF - and about making it as easy as possible for you to find those things. Even if you don't have my good luck of getting to chat with two SF experts, this book still contains everything you need for a great visit to the city.
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