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Richard Schwartz

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The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty

Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley

Earthquake Exodus, 1906

Berkeley 1900

Circle of Stones


Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley
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Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley


RSB Books 510-524-1683

July, 2007

New from RSB Books

Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley

by Richard Schwartz

While the city of Berkeley, California is widely known as the home of remarkable individuals (from cutting edge entrepreneurs and Nobel Prize winners to visionary social critics and hippie clowns) the story of its iconoclastic culture begins for many with the historic social movements of the 1960s.

In Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley (July 15, 2007), author Richard Schwartz reveals that legendary personalities have been at the center of Berkeley life since its founding. Focusing on the period 1850 to 1925, Schwartz brings to life Berkeley's defining men and women &endash; squatters and speculators; missionaries and mystics; vendors, inventors and industrialists. The result is not only an authoritative history that gives meaning to the streets of Berkeley we walk today, but also a delightful storyteller's anthology, full of humor, drama, sadness and hard-earned wisdom.

"Combining the research skills of a careful historian with the flair of a yarn-spinner, Richard Schwartz brings early Berkeley alive with such vibrancy and immediacy that you might imagine he had witnessed it first-hand."

-Malcolm Margolin, publisher of Heyday Books

Richard Schwartz is a California historian and author of Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugees, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century and other regional history books. He lives in Berkeley where he also works as a building contractor.

Publication date: August 1, 2007

ISBN 978-0-9678204-2-2 $24.95 Trade paper edition

ISBN 978-0-9678204-3-9 $39.95 Cloth edition