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National Trust Guide: San Francisco. America’s Guide for Architecture and History Travelers

The book presents a capsule history of San Francisco and the evolution of its architecture followed by chapters on the city’s neighborhoods with maps for walking tours.

Yankees in the Land of the Gods: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan

Perry’s expedition precipitated the downfall of the Tokugawa shoguns. In a highly readable narrative, Wiley tells the story for the first time from the perspective of both the Americans and the Japanese.

Empires in the Sun: The Rise of the New American West (with Bob Gottlieb)

A power structure analysis of city-building in an arid climate with chapters on San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas.