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Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer -- and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold-Rush Era San Francisco

Written by Robert Graysmith
Non-Fiction

The title of this book about the early days of San Francisco basically says it all. Black Fire is a true story of the author Mark Twain, the real Tom Sawyer, arson and San Francisco. During a two year period during the Gold Rush, San Francisco burned to the ground no less than six times. Read this for a great history of an unbelievable city.

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