The Earth Shook Sky Burned: A Photographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

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Chronicle Books, Nov 1, 1996 - History - 192 pages
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The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned has mesmerized San Francisco tourists and residents for decades. Illustrated with more than four hundred on-the-scene photographs, this definitive volume tells the dramatic story of the four days of upheaval and destruction that swept the city when a violent earth tremor rocked the land, succeeded rapidly by a devastating fire that destroyed nearly thirty thousand buildings and left over a quarter million people homeless. Now reissued with a powerful new cover, The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned is a San Francisco classic, revealing what really happened that April morning almost a century ago, when the face of the city was changed forever.

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Earth Shook, Sky Burned: 100th Anniversary Editions: Aphotographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake And Fire

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This year marks the centennial of the San Francisco earthquake. With the destruction of New Orleans through natural disaster fresh in everyone's memory, this book serves as a photographic reminder of ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

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

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