Lectura de Verano: Libros Informativos

The America’s Cup Race on the Bay

It's Simply...SAILING: Our Voyage to the 2013 America's Cup
Cali Gilbert 2012

This book presents a look at youth sailing around San Francisco Bay as they strive for the ultimate goal of reaching the America's Cup. This preview of the 2013 Youth America's Cup offers words of wisdom from members of Oracle Racing Team USA.

Book Cover The Quest for America's Cup: Sailing to Victory
Richard V. Simpson 2012

For over one hundred and fifty years, the America’s Cup has been the premier prize as yachtsmen have been pitted against sailors from around the world in an effort to win this prestigious race. The author sheds new light on long-forgotten stories of the early quests for the coveted Cup using exciting descriptions of the yachts, the races and the colorful personalities who longed to capture the greatest prize in yacht racing.

Bridges over the Bay

Book Cover Al Zampa and the Bay Area Bridges
John V. Robinson 2005

Alfred Zampa (1905-2000) lived a remarkable life that touched not only the bridge named in his honor, but many of the other bridges around the Bay Area. He often worked hundreds of feet above the San Francisco Bay with only the spindliest of support, and he fell from the Golden Gate Bridge in 1936. Caught by the safety net, he became a charter member of the ultra-exclusive "Halfway to Hell" club. (624.2097 R5638a)

Book Cover The Bay Bridge
Paul C. Trimble and John C. Alioto, Jr. 2004

The Bay Bridge combines suspension, cantilever, tunnel, and truss constructions in an astonishing 8.4-mile-long structure. President Herbert Hoover, who was also an engineer, took up the cause of building the bridge, and the $80.8-million project began in 1933. Over the next three years and four months, the underwater and above-water construction continued day and night. Roughly 6,500 workers built this amazing bridge, and 12 lost their lives in the process.

(624.23 T735b)
Book Cover Golden Gate Bridge: history and design of an icon
Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel; illustrations by Donald MacDonald 2008

Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of "international orange"? Current bridge architect Donald MacDonald answers this question and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of MacDonald's own charming color illustrations.

(624.2309 M1453g)
High Steel: Building the Bridges Across San Francisco Bay
Text by Richard Dillon; photos edited by Don DeNevi and Thomas Moulin 1979

Two of San Francisco's most famous landmarks are the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, which connect the city with Marin County to the north and Oakland to the East. While Richard Dillon finds the Bay rather conventional-looking, he is unreserved in his admiration for the Golden Gate. Don DeNevi has selected stunning photographs of the bridges' construction in the mid-1930s taken by Moulin Studios chronicling the gradual process by which the naked landscape of the San Francisco Bay was transformed.

(624.5 D587h)

The Environment and Natural History of the Bay

Book Cover The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area
Richard A. Walker; foreword by William Cronon 2007

This book tells how the Bay Area got its green grove: from the stirrings of conservation in the time of John Muir to origins of the recreational parks and coastal preserves in the early twentieth century, from the fight to stop bay fill and control suburban growth after the Second World War to securing conservation easements and stopping toxic pollution in our times. (712.0979 W1537c)

Book Cover Natural History of San Francisco Bay
Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M.Wong 2011

Written in an entertaining style for a wide audience, this complete primer delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the path from industrialization to environmental restoration. More than sixty scientists, activists, and resource managers share their views and describe their work. (508.7946 R8259n)

Islands in the Bay

Book Cover Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America
Erika Lee & Judy Yung 2010

From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served as the processing and detention center for over one million people from around the world. The full history of these immigrants and their experiences on Angel Island is told for the first time in this landmark book, published to commemorate the immigration station's 100th anniversary. (304.873 L5117a)

Book Cover A History of Alcatraz Island, 1853-2008
Gregory L. Wellman 2008

As one of America's most notorious prisons, Alcatraz has been a significant part of California's history for over 155 years. Alcatraz served as a pivotal military position until the early 20th century and in 1934 was converted into a federal penitentiary to house some of America's most incorrigible prisoners. The penitentiary closed in 1963, and Alcatraz joined the National Park Service system in 1972. Since then, it has remained a popular attraction as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

(979.46 W461)
Book Cover The Islands of San Francisco Bay: Ecology; 48 Islands; History
Concept and photography by James A. Martin 2006

This coffee table-sized color book has gathered in one place more information about all The Islands of San Francisco Bay, in text and photos, than any other. It focuses on Island ecology: birds, animals, plants and island topography. A collection of over 400 images showing dramatic nature scenery is coupled with in-depth information on the many species of birds' migrations, nesting and history. (979.461 M3642i)

Naval history of the Bay

Book Cover Friends in Peace and War: The Russian Navy’s Landmark Visit to Civil War San Francisco
C. Douglas Kroll 2007

The surprise 1863 arrival of squadrons of Russian warships and thousands of Russian sailors in New York and San Francisco proved fortuitous, coming when the Union feared British and French intervention on the Confederacy's behalf. The author investigates why the Russian Pacific Squadron came to San Francisco; what happened during its nearly year-long visit; and how its presence influenced events. Kroll gives us a thorough examination of the Russians' visit and its social, diplomatic, and military impact. (973.722 K919f)

Artillery at the Golden Gate: The Harbor Defenses of San Francisco in World War II
Brian B. Chin 1994

This pictorial history of gun battery emplacements and other defenses is filled from beginning to end with snapshots and photos, many gleaned from the archives of the Presido Army Museum. Taking a chronological path through the events of the day, the book provides a very close picture of the lives and travails of the multitude of individuals involved--civilians as well as military personnel.

(940.5428 C441a)
Book Cover The Color of War: How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America
James Campbell 2012

In July 1944, a key month during World War II, the Battle for Saipan, in which African-Americans participated, was a turning point leading to victory over Japan. On the night of the battle's end, the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot, just outside SanFrancisco exploded with a force nearly that of an atomic bomb. The men who died in the blast were predominantly black sailors, but instead of being honored, they were blamed for the accident. The aftermath of this incident led to the largest mutiny trial in US naval history. (940.5453 C1527c)

Recreation around the Bay

Book Cover Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians.
Jean Rusmore 2008

On a network of paths that ring the San Francisco Bay, high on the ridge line, the Bay Area Ridge Trail provides quickly accessible recreational opportunities for Bay Area residents and visitors alike to hike, mountain bike, and ride a horse. (917.946 R898b 2008)

A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast
Bonnie Lewkowicz 2006

This Coastal Conservancy Book describes more than a hundred beautiful and interesting sites around the entire bay and on the ocean between Point Reyes and Santa Cruz. Natural areas that are now accessible to wheelchair riders and others with limited mobility include parks, urban waterways, and trails. (917.9461 L59w)

Sailing on the Bay

Book Cover Cruising Guide to San Francisco Bay
Carolyn and Bob Mehaffy 2007

The definitive Guide for San Francisco Bay, this comprehensive cruising guide covers more than 70 destinations. The authors give detailed instructions on how to get there safely, where to anchor or tie up, and what to do there. Indispensable for Bay boaters, the book includes 30 harbor diagrams and over 200 photos. (797.1097 M47c 2007)

Book Cover Ferries of San Francisco Bay
Paul C. Trimble with William Knorp 2007

Decades before San Francisco Bay was crisscrossed by bridges, an extensive network of ferries plied these green waters, moving passengers, vehicles, and freight between San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Solano, Sonoma, and Contra Costa Counties. Very few of the ferries survive today, but at one time, elegant and sturdy vessels ruled the waves and supported the critical commerce of this region.

(386.6097 T735f)
Historic Ships of San Francisco: A Collective History and Guide to the Restored Historic Vessels of the National Maritime Museum
Steven E. Levingston; [foreword by James P. Delgado] 1984

This book covers the creation of the Maritime Museum and the acquisition and history of such representative vessels as the square-riggerBalclutha, the sailing schooner C. A. Thayer, the scow schooner Alma, the ferryboat Eureka, the liberty ship Jeremiah O’Brien, and the World War II submarine Pampanito. (387.097 L578h)

San Francisco Bay Ferryboats
George H. Harlan 1967

This book is an amazing treatise on Bay Ferryboats, full of photos, and very readable. Mr. Harlan discusses the boats, the builders, the routes, the ferry lines, the histories,
disasters, the coming and the passing of the great Bay Ferries. At one point some 55,000,000 riders per year rode these boats before the bridges doomed them. There is a
photographic index for each boat, a boat-name index, a general index, and a glossary of ferryboat terms.

(387.2 H226s)
Sterling Hayden 1963

Actor Sterling Hayden loved the sea all his life. At the age of sixteen he dropped out of high school and went to sea as a mate on a schooner. By the time he became an actor in the early 1940s and joined the marines during World War II (eventually becoming an OSS agent) Hayden had become an accomplished sailor on a variety of ships. At the age of 22, in 1938, he was awarded the command of a square rigger, skippering it the 7,000 miles to Tahiti from Massachusetts. In 1958 Hayden divorced both his wife and Hollywood and sailed away to Tahiti on his ship The Wanderer, with his four children and a photographer aboard, leaving from San Francisco Bay. Hayden eventually wrote his autobiography Wanderer in the early 1960s in Sausalito. (B H3242a)

The Shoreline around the Bay

Book Cover A Negotiated Landscape: The Transformation of San Francisco's Waterfront Since 1950
M. Jasper Rubin 2011

This book examines the transformation of San Francisco's iconic waterfront from the eve of its decline in 1950 to the turn of the millennium. What was once a major shipping port is now best known for leisure and entertainment. To understand this landscape Jasper Rubin not only explores the built environment but also the major forces that have been at work in its redevelopment.

(979.461 R8246n)
Book Cover San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide
Rasa Gustaitis, project editor 2012

This is the one essential book for anyone who wants to explore the remarkably diverse San Francisco Bay shoreline. Comprehensive, compact, user-friendly, and studded with full-color maps and illustrations, the Guide covers the more than 325 miles of the shoreline Bay Trail already open to the public, a corridor that will eventually encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays with a continuous 500-mile network of bicycling and hiking trails. (917.946 Sa5208)

DVDs about the Bay

From the Badlands to Alcatraz

Follows five Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota who take part in a weeklong San Francisco-based program that culminates in a swim from Alcatraz to the San Francisco shore. These youth are swimming for their lives and those of their families and friends. Their mission is to remind themselves why they are doing this so that others will live.

(DVD 978.0049 FROM)
Saving the Bay : The Story of San Francisco Bay [videorecording]
A co-production of Ronald M. Blatman, Inc., and KQED/KTEH public television; executive producer/producer, Ron Blatman 2009

Narrated by Robert Redford, Saving the Bay explores the history of the San Francisco Bay with four one-hour episodes tracing the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age through years of catastrophic exploitation to restoration efforts of today. This spectacular high definition series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey around the waters of the Bay Area's most treasured natural resource. (DVD 304.2091 SAVI)

Websites about the Bay


This is the official website for the 2013 America’s Cup Summer of Racing, which will run from July 4th to September 21st. The site offers information on tickets and hospitality, the concert series, and the Healthy Ocean Project, and features America’s Cup history, news, events, results, photos, and videos. Visitors to the site can buy tickets, join the Fan Club, volunteer, shop, and much more.


What events, big and small, have shaped the San Francisco Bay? As part of the 2013 Year of the Bay celebrations we are gathering your photos, videos, audio recordings, and memories to build up a picture of the diverse history of the Bay Area. Join us by telling your stories and help us crowdsource a new history of the San Francisco Bay.


The Bay Model Visitor Center is a fully accessible education center administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which makes possible the viewing of a scientific tool: a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta System.

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