See review by Roger Bilham in this issue of SRL, page 748.

In this book on the history of seismic engineering in San Francisco, California, the author examines the city's complex topography and built environment relative to the performance of specific buildings in earthquakes. More than two hundred photographs, diagrams, and illustrations help tell the history of the efforts of San Francisco's building professionals to build safely in earthquake country.

Bracing for Disaster: Earthquake-Resistant Architecture and Engineering in San Francisco, 1838-1933. Stephen Tobriner. 2006. 320 pp. $30.00. Heyday Books; 510-549-3564 x304; orders@heydaybooks.com; www.heydaybooks.com/.

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