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The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury
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it was amazing
bookshelves: love-love-love, history-and-culture
Recommended for: you always suspected "the real story" was different from grammar school textbooks

This book is fantastic. Brilliantly entertaining stories, and most of them close to agreed upon historical consensus. Lurid details of the "Underbelly" of the Barbary Coast. I couldn't get enough of it, and this book launched me into an obsession with the history of San Francisco. At least a particular side of SF. Great to read in tandem with "You Can't Win", by Jack Black ...
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April 30, 2007 – Shelved
June 22, 2012 – Shelved as: love-love-love
September 7, 2013 – Shelved as: history-and-culture

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