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San Francisco Secrets: Fanscinating Facts about the City by the Bay Paperback – March 1, 1999

3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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John Snyder is a sportswriter and the author of Play Ball (0-8118-0038-5), Basketball! (0-8118-0308-2), Goal! (0-8118-0463-1), and Hockey! (0-8118-0560-3). He lives in Cincinnati but left his heart in San Francisco, where he may return one day if he can fi
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Min edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811822222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811822220
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this little collection of fun facts about the city in the airport on my way home. I wish I had it when I was walking around SF - it makes me want to return ASAP. An excellent compilation of history and trivia that brings the place to life.
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I'd signed up to take a History of San Francisco class as an elective during my first two years of college. It was cancelled because there were only three students signed up that were interested and a class had to have at least 11 students in order to happen -- unbelievable!! I was deeply disappointed. Well, I think this little book covers more than I would have learned in that class, if it had taken place, a little more than 20 years ago. Next time I go home to see friends & family, I'm going to conduct my own history walking tour with this book in my pack!
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As a life-long San Franciscan, I enjoy finding out little tid bits about the "City That Knows How". I found this book, and thought it would make a nice Christmas gift. The varied goodies found within are interesting, and well researched. It is an entertaining way to learn some history about San Francisco. Here is the catch: When the book arrived, the box was a normal sized one, no surprize here. I opened it up to find this dinky little book, more pamphlet than book actually; the size of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Now, perhaps in my quest for cool Christmas gifts, I didn't read the fine print on the Amazon page. Anyway, if you are not a "size king or queen", get this book. You will enjoy the (here is a dead word from about 2 years ago) many factoids about Baghdad By the Bay (hey, I used "Baghdad" in a sentence that does not contain any reference to war! Neat!). Heab Caen would be happy about that.
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This fun compilation of facts isn't a secret any longer. I see this book everywhere around the Bay and it is deservedly a top seller in the genre. It's like a great appetizer tray - so many tidbits of delectable facts about San Francisco. San Francisco Secrets does a fine job of stating why the city is unique. Love the funky cut - it makes the book stand out,easy to find on my shelves.
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I was not expecting this book to be so small, but the size is great to throw in your purse when you're traveling about San Fran so you can visit some of the cool places it talks about. My only complaint is that I was really hoping for more information and history. That's why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. But if you're planning a trip to San Fran or you're new to the city, this is great to have with you.
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