Books: History

A Pacific Legacy

A Pacific Legacy

A Century of Maritime Photography, 1850-1950

By Wayne Bonnett

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A wonderful collection of historical photos of boats and ships on the west coast.

Al Zampa and the Bay Area Bridges

Al Zampa and the Bay Area Bridges

Images of America

By John V. Robinson

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years

By Michael Esslinger

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Island of Change

By James P. Delgado

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Alcatraz from Inside

Alcatraz from Inside

The Hard Years 1942-1952

By Jim Quillen

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Angel Island

Angel Island

Cornerstones of Freedom

By Larry Dane Brimner

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Birdman

Birdman

The Many Faces of Robert Stroud

By Jolene Babyak

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The story of one of Alcatraz's most famous inmates.

Build Ships!

Build Ships!

San Francisco Bay Wartime Ship Building Photographs: 1940-1945

By Wayne Bonnett

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Wonderful photos of the shipyards througout the Bay Area (in Sausalito, Richmond, San Francisco, and elsewhere) that built ships during World War II.

Disaster By the Bay

Disaster By the Bay

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906

By H Paul Jeffers

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Discovering Marin; historical tour by cities and towns

Discovering Marin; historical tour by cities and towns

By Louise Teather

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Eyewitness on Alcatraz

Eyewitness on Alcatraz

Life on the Rock As Told by the Guards, Families and Prisoners

By Jolene Babyak

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Ferries on San Francisco Bay

Ferries on San Francisco Bay

Images of America series

By Paul C. Trimble

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Fortress Alcatraz: Guardian of the Golden Gate

Fortress Alcatraz: Guardian of the Golden Gate

By John Arturo Martini

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A great history of Alcatraz, with many old photos and stories of the evolution of the island

Golden Memories of the San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Memories of the San Francisco Bay Area

By Steven Friedman

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Guardians of the Golden Gate

Guardians of the Golden Gate

Lighthouses and Lifeboat Stations of San Francisco Bay

By Ralph C. Shanks

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High Steel

High Steel

Building the Bridges Across San Francisco Bay

By Richard Dillon

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Historic San Francisco

Historic San Francisco

A Concise History and Guide

By Rand Richards

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Lost Harbor: The Controversy over Drake

Lost Harbor: The Controversy over Drake's California Anchorage

By Warren L. Hanna

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Detailed account of the controversy about whether today's Drakes Bay is where Drake landed.

Maps of San Francisco Bay

Maps of San Francisco Bay

From the Spanish Discovery in 1769 to the American Occupation

By Neal Harlow

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Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito

Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito

By Charles Wollenberg

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Miwoks to Missiles

Miwoks to Missiles

A History of Angel Island

By John Soennichsen

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Robert Cameron

Robert Cameron's Alcatraz

By Robert W. Cameron

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Great pictures of Alctraz, both historic and relatively recent.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Yerba Buena: From the Beginning to the Gold Rush 1769-1849

By Peter Browning

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Images of America

By Patricia Kennedy

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San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

A Pictorial Maritime History

By John Haskell Kemble

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San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

Discovery and colonization, 1769-1776

By Theodore E Treutlein

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Detailed account of the first European discovery of San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point

San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point

Images of America

By Tricia O'Brien

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San Francisco Then & Now

San Francisco Then & Now

By Bill Yenne

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San Francisco

San Francisco's Aquatic Park

Images of America

By Bill Pickelhaupt

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San Francisco

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

Images of America

By Alessandro, Jr. Baccari

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San Francisco

San Francisco's Midwinter Exposition

Images of America

By William Lipsky

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San Francisco

San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Images of America

By William Lipsky

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San Francisco

San Francisco's Presidio

Images of America

By Robert W. Bowen

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San Francisco, 1846-1856: From Hamlet to City

San Francisco, 1846-1856: From Hamlet to City

By Roger W. Lotchin

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Great descriptions of San Francisco's explosive growth from a tiny settlement to a booming town in a single decade.

Saucelito-$au$alito

Saucelito-$au$alito

Legends and tales of a changing town

By George Cleborn Hoffman

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Sausalito

Sausalito

Images of America

By The Sausalito Historical Society

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Full of fantastic historical photos and a bit of interesting text. If you're interested in Sausalito history, you've got to have this book. The paperback format makes this book less stunning than Sausalito: Moments in Time, but it has even more photos.

Sausalito Waterfront Stories

Sausalito Waterfront Stories

By Derek Van Loan

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Sausalito: Moments in Time

Sausalito: Moments in Time

A Pictorial History of Sausalito's First One Hundred Years: 1850-1950

By Jack Tracy

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A wonderful book that includes hundreds of high-quality photos of Sausalito in its early years, as well as detailed and highly readable text.

Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate

Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate

By James Degado

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The Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge

Images of America

By Paul C. Trimble

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The Discovery of San Francisco Bay

The Discovery of San Francisco Bay

The Portola Expedition of 1769-1770

By Miguel Costanso

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The first Spanish entry into San Francisco Bay, 1775

The first Spanish entry into San Francisco Bay, 1775

The original narrative, hitherto unpublished

By Edited by John Galvin

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Facsimile copies, with English translations, of the various journals and letters from Ayala's pioneering exploration of San Francisco Bay. Out-of-print limited edition of 5000 copies, but generally available on the used book market.

The Presidio

The Presidio

From Army Post to National Park

By Lisa M. Benton

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