Imperial San Francisco Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

ISBN-10: 0520250087

ISBN-13: 9780520250086

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Gray A. Brechin

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First published in 1999, this celebrated history of San Francisco traces the exploitation of both local and distant regions by prominent families--the Hearsts, de Youngs, Spreckelses, and others--who gained power through mining, ranching, water and energy, transportation, real estate, weapons, and the mass media. The story uncovered by Gray Brechin is one of greed and ambition on an epic scale. Brechin arrives at a new way of understanding urban history as he traces the connections between environment, economy, and technology and discovers links that led, ultimately, to the creation of the atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race. In a new preface, Brechin considers the vulnerability of cities in the post-9/11 twenty-first century.
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782

List of Illustrations
Preface to the 2007 Edition
Preface to the First Edition: The Urban Maelstrom
Introduction: New Romes for a New World
Foundations of Dominion
The Pyramid of Mining
Mythologizing Mining
The Invisible Pyramid
California's Classical Precedent
The Renaissance of Mining
The Age of Discovery, Conquest, and Fugger
De Re Metallica
The James Marshall Myth
A Promised Land Plundered
Working the Frisco 'Change
Ralston, His Ring, and the Comstock Lode
The Sierra Nevada Flayed
Halting Hydraulicking
Mining Engineers as Heralds of Empire
Deferred Costs
Specious Denials
Enduring Attitudes
Transfer Technology
Financial Districts as Inverted Minescapes
Water Mains and Bloodlines
Revealing Power
A Shrine to Water
Roman Aqueducts
The Spring Valley Monopoly
San Francisco Reclaims San Mateo County
Hermann Schussler
William Hammond Hall and the Thirst of Golden Gate Park
Ralston's Last Gambit
Sharon Rises on Ralston's Fall
Francis Griffith Newlands
Building Burlingame
Phantom Capital
The Greening of San Mateo County
Phelan Discovers a Reservoir Site
Enhancing Real Estate Values
Los Angeles Lurches Ahead
San Francisco Stalls
None Other Than Hetch Hetchy
Michael M. O'Shaughnessy
A Debatable Masterpiece
Hail, the Chief!
The Thought Shapers
The Scott Brothers: Arms and the Overland Monthly
Commemorating the Soldiers of an Unnamed War
San Francisco Bay as Pacific Launchpad
The Union Iron Works
The Overland Monthly
Spanish-American War
War with the Filipinos
The Inexhaustible Philippines
Japan Buys Armaments
Monumental Messages for the Masses
A Protracted War of Kindness
Imperial Designs for San Francisco
Racial Solutions
The Yellow Peril
San Francisco Segregates Its Schools
Predictions of a Racial Apocalypse
The Cruise of the Great White Fleet
An Ever-Expanding Military
The De Youngs: Society Invents Itself
Refracting Reality
San Francisco's Parallel Aristocracies
The Blackjack Press
Exit Charles De Young
The Spreckels-De Young Feud
Enter Willie Hearst
The Call Attacks
The Midwinter Fair
Arthur McEwen's Letter
The Utility of High Culture
Chronicle of Empire
The San Francisco Graft Prosecution
Rehabilitating Reputations
Stuffing the Cat into the Bag
Family Value
Exposure Avoided
Organs of Expansion
The Hearsts: Racial Supremacy and the Digestion of "All Mexico"
Xanadu by the Pacific
Manifest Destiny and "the Texas Game"
Mexican-American War and the "All Mexico" Faction
Indigestible Races
The Filibusters
Permeable Boundaries
Young Hearst
Tied to Mom's Apron Strings
War Impresario
The Hearst Enigma
A Private Empire in Mexico
Peru, Too
Hearst Recommends
Dulce e Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori
White Supremacy
Belated Independence
Hard Right Turn
Coordinated Enterprises
Editing History
Remote Control
Toward Limitless Energy
Imperial Energy
A Dearth of Coal
Electrical Dawn
The California Oil Kings
Drowning in Oil
Pacific Gas and Electric
Dynastic Power & Water
Hetch Hetchy Energy
"Greater San Francisco"
The Dream City and the Real
More for War
Radium, and Beyond
The University, the Gate, and "the Gadget"
Naming Berkeley
Seeking Funds
The Hearst University
The Greek Connection
Destiny's Gun Sight
The Pacific Commercial Museum
Professor Moses
"The Greater University"
The University Militant
Soldier President
University Critics
Right Thought
Building Science's Shrine
Lawrence and Oppenheimer
Engineer President
War Approaches
Birthing "the Baby"
Planning the Arms Race
The Costs of the Race Come Home
A Note on Sources
Select Bibliography
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