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Season of the Witch

Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love
Talbot, David (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In a kaleidoscopic narrative, bestselling author David Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982--and of the extraordinary men and women who led to the city's ultimate rebirth and triumph. Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itself--and then revolutionized the world. The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 1960s cultural revolution. But by the early 1970s, San Francisco's ecstatic experiment came crashing down from its starry heights. The city was rocked by savage murder sprees, mysterious terror campaigns, political assassinations, street riots, and finally a terrifying sexual epidemic. No other city endured so many calamities in such a short time span.
Authors: Talbot, David, 1951-
Title: Season of the witch
enchantment, terror, and deliverance in the City of love
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: xvii, 452 p., [8] p. of plates : ills. ; 24 cm
Contents: Wild Irish rogues
pt. 1. Enchantment. Saturday afternoon
Dead men dancing
The walled city
The free city
The lost children of Windy Feet
Street medicine
Murder on Shakedown Street
The Napoleon of Rock
The daily circus
San Francisco's morning kiss
Radio Free America
The palace of golden cocks
pt. 2. Terror. A death in the family
Lucifer rising
A knife down your throat
Benevolent dictator
Love's last stand
Dungeons and dragons
The revolution will be televised
Black and white and red all over
The empress of Chinatown
San Francisco satyricon
Civic war
Inside man
Slouching toward San Francisco
Prophet of doom
Exodus
Rapture in the jungle
The reckoning
A tale of two cities
Day of the gun
pt. 3. Deliverance. Fire by trial
The center holds
Strange angels
Playing against God
The city of Saint Francis
Summary: In a kaleidoscopic narrative, bestselling author David Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982--and of the extraordinary men and women who led to the city's ultimate rebirth and triumph. Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itself--and then revolutionized the world. The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 1960s cultural revolution. But by the early 1970s, San Francisco's ecstatic experiment came crashing down from its starry heights. The city was rocked by savage murder sprees, mysterious terror campaigns, political assassinations, street riots, and finally a terrifying sexual epidemic. No other city endured so many calamities in such a short time span.
ISBN: 9781439108215
1439108218
9781439108246
Statement of Responsibility: David Talbot
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 409-428), discography (p. 407-408), filmographies, and index
Subject Headings: San Francisco (Calif.) Social conditions 20th century San Francisco (Calif.) History 20th century San Francisco (Calif.) Biography San Francisco (Calif.) Social life and customs 20th century City and town life California San Francisco History 20th century Culture conflict California San Francisco History 20th century Social problems California San Francisco History 20th century Social change California San Francisco History 20th century Political culture California San Francisco History 20th century Counterculture California San Francisco History 20th century
Topical Term: City and town life
Culture conflict
Social problems
Social change
Political culture
Counterculture
LCCN: 2011032082
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Sep 30, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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