Gray Brechin's provocative and best-selling book, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, is now available as an audiobook! First published by the University of California Press in 1999, Imperial San Francisco is now more relevant than ever as contemporary events catch up with it. The book uses the example of one city renowned for its beauty to reveal the environmental and social costs of urban growth. You can find the audiobook on this accompanying new website designed by Alexis Harvey that includes some of the illustrations so important to the book — now largely in color — in addition to some that were not published.
Photo Credit: Maynard Dixon, "San Francisco-Mistress, Still, of the Pacific." San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, 1906. Courtesy San Francisco Academy of Comic Art.