All seismologists will enjoy reading this seismological history. It begins with a short introduction on early studies of earthquakes, with detailed coverage spanning the decades from the 1906 San Francisco to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Geschwind has synthesized available archives in a most interesting way and closely documented the interaction of science and government. My career as Professor of Seismology at the University of California at Berkeley, from 1963 to 1992, Director of the University's Seismographic Stations for twenty-seven years, and a member of the Seismic Safety Commission for fifteen years coincided with the latter period presented here, particularly Chapters...

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