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The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco: A Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags

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Get ready to meet twenty of the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable characters to be found in the annals of the most interesting, bizarre, colorful, and unforgettable city in the world.

Historian Charles F. Adams brings each personality to vivid life, describing in fascinating detail their strange contributions to the first century of San Francisco’s his
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Kindle Edition, 365 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by The Write Thought (first published 1998)
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Sabrina Flynn
While this is a really entertaining and fascinating look at notable people in San Francisco's history, I am not altogether sure I can trust it's historical accuracy. While I don't doubt that the information can be found in newspapers archives, many of the newspapers of the time contain wild rumor and speculation. For example: in Magnificent Rogues, it was said that 'Over the decades, so the story was told, the tongs had burrowed down beneath the city like animals fleeing the light, carving out a ...more
Rob Charpentier
I have a certain fondness for this book for a number of reasons. Of course, the title alone is worth anyone’s while in cracking the covers and was in fact what initially drew me to it as well. One of the other reasons is the inclusion of the writer Ambrose Bierce amongst the gallery of personalities here. Bierce is an acquired taste and is a bit rough around the edges to read but still, despite his many faults, I have a soft spot for his brand of misanthropic worldview and dark humor. I’d like ...more
Josh
Sep 28, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, albeit, brief look at some of the more interesting people who helped define San Francisco. Tales of a madam turned mayor, and a madman turned emperor, as well as probably one of the greatest temper tantrums ever thrown by a multi-millionaire. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever lived in, visited, thought about visiting "The City" or anyone who enjoys reading about the brazen audacity of others.
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Aug 29, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating look at some of the characters that shaped early San Francisco. I enjoyed it primarily because I live near San Francisco and know the names of some of these characters. Some stories are better than others. It also gives you a good look at life in San Francisco from 1850-1920.
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Sep 01, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
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I grew up hearing the names of these rogues of San Francisco. It was interesting to read the back story.
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Charles F. Adams is a resident of San Francisco, is a chairman of the Wajim Corporation and president of Adams Enterprises. He formerly was president and chief operating officer of D'Arcy, MacManus & Masius, Inc., a worldwide advertising agency. He also is a former owner and general partner of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. His other books include Common Sense in ...more
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