“Carlsson brings his unique combination of erudition, curiosity and passionate progressivism to a remarkably wide range of subjects–from the city’s profaned natural glories, to little-known episodes in its labor history, to a Homeric list of people, organizations and movements” –Gary Kamiya, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Hidden San Francisco
is a guidebook like no other. It’s a radical, alternative guidebook and history of San Francisco, complete with maps detailing walking and bike routes around the city.
San Francisco is an iconic and symbolic city. But only when you look beyond the picture-postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge and the quaint cable cars do you realize that the city’s most interesting stories are not the Summer of Love, the Beats or even the latest gold rush in Silicon Valley.
Carlsson delves into the Bay Area’s long prehistory, examining the region’s geography and the lives of its inhabitants before the 1849 Gold Rush changed everything, setting in motion the clash between capital and labor that shaped the modern city. Structured around the four major themes of ecology, labor, transit and dissent, Chris Carlsson’s book peels back the layers of San Francisco’s history to reveal a storied past: behind old walls and gleaming glass facades lurk former industries, secret music and poetry venues, forgotten terrorist bombings, and much more.
From the perspective of the students and secretaries, hippies and beatniks, longshoremen and waitresses, Hidden San Francisco
uncovers dozens of overlooked, forgotten and buried histories that pulse through the streets and hills even today, inviting the reader to see themselves in the middle of the ongoing, everyday process of making history together.