Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from backwater city to thriving metropolis.
Season of the Witch
By Ben's mimi
I'm born and raised San Franciscan. I lived through these times, I smiled about the Summer of Love and remembered the innocence, I cried again at the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk ( we were still reeling over the killings in Guyana and the People's Temple). The '49ers and The Catch that won the Super Bowl also made me cry ears of joy. When it came to the AIDS epidemic and the way my City responded I felt so much pride. We lost so mama you bright stars. Reading about Herb Caen and his love affair with The City took me back to my childhood and how my father read his column faithfully and instilled in me the joy of Herb Caen. The Chronicle died when Herb Caen died. This book captures my life in The City by The Bay and my own love affair with this beautiful and foggy City. Thank you.
Season of the Witch
I bought this book in both audio and iBook. This book has brought me happiness and understandings of those times. I was here for some of this history. I had to leave for some of this history my heart was too broken by the social upheavals that David Talbot writes about. This is a book of love. This is a book which brings understanding. We can not understand our current civilization without understanding the San Francisco written about in Season of the Witch. San Francisco made our acceptance of different social norms and directions possible today. Those changes happened during the time period written about in Season of the Witch. This book is like finding an ancient artifact. From this book, we did not have to live in San Francisco but we can find the decades when lightening struck and made us who we are today. This book is beautiful.