Duck Duck Book

7 – denial of disaster
01.10.2005, 12:03 am
Filed under: history & geography

Denial of disaster / by Gladys Hansen and Emmet Condon ; David Fowler, editor ; Richard Hansen, photo researcher.
San Francisco : Cameron and Co., 1989.
[MCL call number: Oversize 979.461 H249d 1989; two copies, no holds]

A book of photographs and facsimiles of newspapers, maps, and other ephemera describing the period immediately following the great San Francsico earthquake and fire of 1906.  There is a chapter describing the earthquake, one describing the fire, one discussing the politics of disaster, and another making predictions about future earthquakes.  To be perfectly honest, I hardly read any of the text, but instead browsed the 150 pages photographs and captions, which are horrific, vivid, and fascinating.  Look for the one of a looter who had been captured by a crowd, handed over to police who shot him, and then left to burn completely to a crisp when the fire overtook the street he was lying in.  The text is followed by an index and, extensive bibliography, and a note about the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 (also a big one, I can attest). 


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