Synopses & Reviews
Killing hundreds and leaving a city in ruins, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 stands as one of the greatest natural disasters in American history. But the aftermath of the quakethe fires that raged across the city for days and claimed the lives of thousands morewas an all too human disaster whose story has remained largely untold. Until now.
Employing the same vivid prose and storytelling skill that made his Report from Ground Zero a national bestseller, Dennis Smith reconstructs those harrowing days from the perspective of the people who lived through them. Smith draws on hundreds of individual accounts and official documents to unearth the true story of the firesfrom the corrupt officials who left the city woefully unprepared for disaster, to the militia officers who enforced martial law with deadly force, to the individual heroes who battled the blaze and saved untold lives. San Francisco Is Burning is a thrilling disaster tale that brings a lost chapter of history back to riveting life.
A former New York City firefighter, Smith details the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco and reveals little known details through the stories of those who lived through the terrible days.
The Washington Post
So riveting it is enraging
[Smiths] message is the one that matters most.
San Francisco Chronicle
A finely woven human story of tragedy, death, heroism and blunder
This book is an eye-opener in many ways, and a good read, to boot.
The Associated Press
About the Author
DENNIS SMITH, a former New York City firefighter, is the founding editor of Firehouse Magazine and the bestselling author of eleven books, including Report from Ground Zero, Report from Engine Co.82, and A Song for Mary. He is currently chairman of First Responders Financial Company.