New York : HarperPerennial, 2006.
1st HarperPerennial ed.
1 online resource (xx, 462, 18 p.) : ill., maps.
Chronicle: a year of living dangerously
The temporary city
Chronicle: such almost modern times
From plate to shining plate
Chronicle: the state of the golden state
How the west was made
The mischief maker
Chronicle: city of mint and smoke
Overture: the night before dark
The savage Interruption
Ripples on the surface of the pond
Perspective: ice and fire.
Winchester brings his storytelling abilities, as well as his understanding of geology, to the extraordinary San Francisco Earthquake, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion, but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake. He also positions the quake's significance along the earth's geological timeline and shows the effect it had on the rest of 20th-century California and American history.--From publisher description.