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San Francisco Secrets: Fanscinating Facts about the City by the Bay [Anglais] [Broché]

John Snyder


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1 mars 1999
Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is designed to sway 27 feet in an earthquake? Or that famous Lombard Street, the Crookedest Street in the World actually isn t even the crookedest street in San Francisco? Written by the same author who brought us Play Ball and other best-selling trivia books, this quirky compendium of fun facts and stories about The City is cut in the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge. From BART s transbay tube that sits 130 feet below the surface of the San Francisco Bay to the top of the 853-foot-tall Transamerica Pyramid, all of San Francisco s best-kept mysteries are revealed and popular but inaccurate myths are exploded. A distinctive souvenir for visitors, a great impulse buy for locals, and a necessary dispute settler for San Francisco fanatics everywhere, this book takes a fresh approach to the City That Knows How, but prefers not to.

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John Snyder is a sportswriter and the author of Play Ball (0-8118-0038-5), Basketball! (0-8118-0308-2), Goal! (0-8118-0463-1), and Hockey! (0-8118-0560-3). He lives in Cincinnati but left his heart in San Francisco, where he may return one day if he can fi

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 more fun than a guidebook 13 février 2001
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I bought this little collection of fun facts about the city in the airport on my way home. I wish I had it when I was walking around SF - it makes me want to return ASAP. An excellent compilation of history and trivia that brings the place to life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A little history about my home town -- 20 years later 6 mai 2004
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I'd signed up to take a History of San Francisco class as an elective during my first two years of college. It was cancelled because there were only three students signed up that were interested and a class had to have at least 11 students in order to happen -- unbelievable!! I was deeply disappointed. Well, I think this little book covers more than I would have learned in that class, if it had taken place, a little more than 20 years ago. Next time I go home to see friends & family, I'm going to conduct my own history walking tour with this book in my pack!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not so secret 1 août 2008
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This fun compilation of facts isn't a secret any longer. I see this book everywhere around the Bay and it is deservedly a top seller in the genre. It's like a great appetizer tray - so many tidbits of delectable facts about San Francisco. San Francisco Secrets does a fine job of stating why the city is unique. Love the funky cut - it makes the book stand out,easy to find on my shelves.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Concept that came out Too Small 18 janvier 2007
Par David F. Ebarle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a life-long San Franciscan, I enjoy finding out little tid bits about the "City That Knows How". I found this book, and thought it would make a nice Christmas gift. The varied goodies found within are interesting, and well researched. It is an entertaining way to learn some history about San Francisco. Here is the catch: When the book arrived, the box was a normal sized one, no surprize here. I opened it up to find this dinky little book, more pamphlet than book actually; the size of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Now, perhaps in my quest for cool Christmas gifts, I didn't read the fine print on the Amazon page. Anyway, if you are not a "size king or queen", get this book. You will enjoy the (here is a dead word from about 2 years ago) many factoids about Baghdad By the Bay (hey, I used "Baghdad" in a sentence that does not contain any reference to war! Neat!). Heab Caen would be happy about that.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Compact But Questionable Accuracy 17 octobre 2013
Par Monika in San Francisco - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Have owned this book for years and while I love the design and compact nature of the book, I was disappointed to realize how many errors this book contains. I'm a 30+ year resident of San Francisco and a local historian and simply stated, this book is very misleading. Examples: San Francisco's current City Hall features a magnificent dome that this book states was modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It was not. As a former City Hall docent, I know that the dome was modeled after a church in Paris (St. Louis des Invalides). The Dashiell Hammett page states that John's Grill, Hammett's favorite restaurant, is located two blocks north of Union Square. It's on Ellis Street which is two blocks south of Union Square. This error can be frustrating for a visitor trying to find it and annoying to a local reading this page. Less frustrating is correctly identifying President Truman's wife (Kong Chow Temple page) who was named Bess, not Margaret as is stated. Margaret was their daughter. The book is full of mistakes like those noted above. The book needs a new edition and updates, i.e., the Asian Art Museum is no longer in Golden Gate Park and has been located in the city's Civic Center area since about 2003.
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