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Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Loveby David Talbot
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The critically acclaimed, San Francisco Chronicle bestseller—a gripping story of the strife and tragedy that led to San Francisco’s ultimate rebirth and triumph.
San Francisco was the cradle of the 1960s, but also its coffin, giving rise to the Zebra and Zodiac killers, Jonestown, the assassination of Harvey Milk, and the AIDS epidemic. And yet San Francisco not only rose from the wreckage of the 1970s, but developed a live-and-let-live tolerance that influenced the entire country.
David Talbot, founder of the San Francisco-based web magazine Salon, is uniquely poised to tell his iconic city’s story in all its terrible glory. Season of the Witch comes to life with jaw-dropping scenes and a cast of characters that includes the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, the Cockettes, the Hells Angels, Harvey Milk, and the mercurial 49ers coach Bill Walsh. It was with the help of the 49ers, a grab bag team of misfits who mirrored the city itself, that San Francisco gradually reclaimed its spirit.
As Talbot writes, “San Francisco values did not come into the world with flowers in their hair—they were born howling, in blood and strife.” This is the wild story of the people and events that shaped the city that continues to shape the nation.
andlt;Iandgt;Salon andlt;/Iandgt;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.
andlt;Bandgt;Iandlt;/Bandgt;n a kaleidoscopic narrative, andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling author David Talbot tells the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982and#8212;and of the extraordinary men and women who led to the cityand#8217;s ultimate rebirth and triumph. andlt;Iandgt;Season of the Witch andlt;/Iandgt;is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itselfand#8212;and then revolutionized the world.
About the Author
David Talbot, author of the andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller andlt;iandgt;Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Yearsandlt;/iandgt;, is the founder and CEO of andlt;iandgt;Salonandlt;/iandgt;. He lives in San Francisco.
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