A Short History of San Francisco

A concise and captivating account of the City by the Bay

This is the story of San Francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. It tells of the Indians and the Spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the cable car, labor strife and political shenanigans, the 1906 earthquake and fire, two World Wars, two World’s Fairs, two great bridges, the beatniks and hippies and New Left—a story that is so marvelous and wild that it must be true. A new afterword from the author brings The City into the twenty-first century: a time just as hectic, experimental, and opportunistic as its rambunctious past.

Reviews

“Wonderful…authoritative…a comprehensive story told with literary grace.”—Kevin Starr, State Librarian Emeritus, author of Americans and the California Dream

 

“Colorful, well-told…a memorable souvenir.”—Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Tom ColeTom Cole has visited the planet’s near- and far-flung corners for many years, leading treks and exotic tours and writing for an adventure travel company. He is currently a Respected Elder at one of the world’s great safari companies. He lives in the Northern California Wine Country with his wife, Mary Marenka Poxon.