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Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love

Book - 2012 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
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Baker & Taylor
A founder of the web magazine Salon traces the story of San Francisco in the latter half of the 20th century, covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and pop culture to the 49ers and famous crime cases. 75,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Traces the story of San Francisco in the latter half of the twentieth century, covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and pop culture to the 49ers and famous crime cases.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439108215
Branch Call Number: 979.461 T142s
Characteristics: xvii, 452 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 02, 2021

This is the best book that I’ve read in a long time. I was acquainted with the subject matter but never understood much of it in depth. History always reminds us that ours is not the worse of times. Imagine the Zebra killers launching wholesale hunting on white people on the streets, like a San Francisco safari! And as long as we’re removing names from public places, why is Moscone’s still on the convention center? He conspired with Jim Jones to get elected mayor. Jim Jones killed a village of innocent African American men women and children, along with a state senator and terrorized and wounded Jackie Speier.

Nov 24, 2019

Except for a few years, this is the time I lived in the Bay Area. One can live in a city and not know the 1/2 of what is going on. It's the nature of any place. There are secrets, misinformation, and missing information, even if one tries to pay close attention. And what we read in the newspapers is only one viewpoint.

Talbot's book fills in a lot of those gaps in extreme detail. The kidnapping of Patty Hearst, and the killing of George Moscone and Harvey Milk were national news items. Those of us who lived in San Francisco at the time, thought we knew a lot of what was going on, but there was something more insidious which we may have missed.

This is a look at San Francisco warts and all. It was a heady time.

Jan 03, 2018

talk about coming out of the closet! if you are intellectually brave enough to read unpleasant things about those you might heretofore have revered, this just might be the book for you to read, about our neighbor to the south.

Jun 29, 2017

I didn’t want to read this book when it came out because I just didn’t want to go back and relive the dark times of San Francisco during the 60s and 70s. I was too painful to reopen that door of chamber horrors. We healed, we moved on, and dealt with new troubles.

I was finally ready and I’m glad I read it for I learned new things (some outrageous and maddening revelations) and understand it all better. Author David Talbot did a great job researching and telling this incredible, turbulent history. He made it all make sense, for it was hellacious and made no sense at all back then. The book is indeed nitty-gritty and like riding a roller coaster gone beserk. Sometimes I had to put the book down and step away for a while. It does end on a good note: the 49ers winning the Super Bowl, which brought us back from the dead. It’s a must read for all native San Franciscans and newbies who think the city is more than a playground and really care to know its history.

This book made me realize how tough and resilient we native born and transplants are to have lived through all that, and, in some ways, how worn out we are from all that turmoil and heartache and our nostalgia about the good old days. What we experienced and endured then will always separate us from the newcomers. No matter how bad things are now, it pales compared to what happened then. It’s a miracle the city survived at all. I attribute that to our fortitude, guts, and ability to move on.

Jul 26, 2016

Great, succinct resource for the history of San Francisco from 1960-1990. It shed light on the issues that continue to plague the city. Very interesting read!

Nov 24, 2014

If you live in SF, or love SF, you should read this. Fast-paced and informative

patienceandfortitude Sep 30, 2014

This is a very readable history of San Francisco from the 60's through the 80's -- the cultural revolutions, politics, and tragedies. Anyone who loves the City, and all those who lived there during those incredible times will greatly enjoy reading this book.


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