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Black Fire

The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco
Graysmith, Robert (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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First biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.
Authors: Graysmith, Robert
Title: Black fire
the true story of the original Tom Sawyer--and of the mysterious fires that baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 268 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. The man who burned down San Francisco : December 24, 1849-September 16, 1850. Broderick and the Christmas Eve catastrophe ; Sawyer ; Sleep runners and flying houses ; Broderick's rogues ; Rainbow rivers of gold and silver
Pt. 2. The lightkeeper : September 17, 1850-June 22, 1851. Tug-of-war ; The melting house ; The lodger ; The golden ring
Pt. 3. Steaming with Twain and Sawyer : May 26, 1863-December 16, 1866. Steamers ; The fire girl ; Let us build a city
Summary: First biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.
ISBN: 0307720586
9780307720580
030772056X
9780307720566
Statement of Responsibility: written and illustrated by Robert Graysmith
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: San Francisco (Calif.) History 19th century San Francisco (Calif.) Biography Sawyer, Tom (Fictitious character) Arson California San Francisco History 19th century Fires California San Francisco History 19th century Fire fighters California San Francisco Biography Adventure and adventurers California San Francisco Biography Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Sources Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Friends and associates Sawyer, Tom, 1832-1906
Topical Term: Sawyer, Tom (Fictitious character)
Arson
Fires
Fire fighters
Adventure and adventurers
LCCN: 2012000313
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Sep 26, 2014
  • MrMiyagi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lot of people and information in this book but very well written and I could not put it down until I fell asleep.

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