A Crack in the Edge of the World

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In 1906 an earthquake was reputed to have destroyed San Francisco- others said a fire did it, yet others said that gratuitous use of dynamite to create firebreaks destroyed more than the actual earthquake; that only 500 people died or 3000 people died; the whole thing is a bundle of contradictions. Simon Winchester's new book looks at all of this and tries to make sense of it, but only one conclusion is clear: Real Estate developers rule and everyone's vested interest was best served by rebuilding as quickly as possible in the same place, (Daniel Burnham be damned!) and that the same thing is going to happen again. ::Amazon