Books on San Diego History
San Diego today is a vibrant and bustling coastal city, but it wasn’t always so. The city’s transformation from a rough-hewn border town and frontier port to a vital military center was marked by growing pains and political clashes. Civic highs and criminal lows have defined San Diego’s rise through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries into a preeminent Sun Belt city. Historian Richard W. Crawford recalls the significant events and one-of-a-kind characters like benefactor Frank “Booze” Beyer, baseball hero Albert Spalding and novelist Scott O’Dell. Join Crawford for a collection that recounts how San Diego yesterday laid the foundation for the city’s bright future.
The book is available at Amazon and in bookstores starting today.
Releasing on May 28: San Diego Yesterday, a compilation of 38 pieces I once wrote for the Union-Trib. Here’s a sneak peek at the cover, and a description from the publisher: http://historypresswest.org/2013/05/02/new-from-american-chronicles-san-diego-yesterday/
The book is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
Come July or thereabouts, I should have a new San Diego history title on the book shelves. Tentatively titled, San Diego Yesterday (same as the blog name) this will be another collection of articles from the Union-Tribune column I wrote from 2008 to 2011. The History Press from Charleston, South Carolina is the publisher. There are 38 chapters; here’s a brief sampling of the contents:
On the Border
The Hole in the Fence
Frank “Booze Beyer” and Tijuana
The Heist on the Dike
A Ruined Woman
Death of the Butterfly Dancer
The Royal Coach Affair
Dragsters on the Boulevard
Fear and Intolerance
The Student Strike
The Young Communists
The Silver Shirts
A Textbook Controversy
The Last Temptation of the Book Censors
Admit it. You all hated history in high school but now you know better. History really can be fun. Or, you still hate history but you gotta find an inexpensive book for gift giving. That’ll work too.
Here’s your latest chance for a fun evening of hearing and talking about your local history. On Tuesday evening, July 10, I’ll give a book talk and signing for The Way We Were in San Diego. It starts at 6:30 at the beautiful Pacific Beach/Taylor branch of the San Diego Public Library, 4275 Cass St., San Diego. Interesting tales and photographs of San Diego history. Here’s a map to the library: http://mapq.st/MZN975
You can find more info on my book at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1609494415 Click Like on the page if you do!
For those of you I’ve missed so far . . . On Tuesday evening, June 19, I’ll be giving a book talk and signing for The Way We Were in San Diego. It starts at 6:30 at the Clairemont branch library, 2920 Burgener Blvd. Interesting tales and photographs of San Diego history and maybe a good discussion, as well.
I’m not particularly a fan of e-readers but some people swear by their Kindle or Nook. And now The Way We Were in San Diego is available as an ebook for $9.95. Here’s a link for the Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/The-Way-Were-Diego-ebook/dp/B007T9D41C/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1
And here’s the Nook version from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1105947483?ean=2940014474238
Just a reminder. Tomorrow night at the Central Library I’ll be giving a book talk and signing for The Way We Were in San Diego. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library. Interesting tales and photographs of San Diego history and maybe a good discussion, as well. Book Talk
And by the way, if anyone has the book already feel free to give it a review on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1609494415 It really helps!
Here’s something for your calendar. On Dec. 7 I”ll be giving a book talk and signing for The Way We Were in San Diego. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library in the third floor floor auditorium. Since the library is the host, I’ll pay special attention that night to the history of our library and show a lot of historic photographs of the Carnegie and the current Central Library.
Here’s the announcement from the library: 111115_Press_Release_Rick Crawford