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Perfect for understanding the personalities and ideas that have shaped the city of SF
on December 4, 2017
I spent six weeks reading “Season of the Witch” by David Talbot. The thick paperback is full of San Fransisco history, beginning with my all-time favorite story setting -- The Summer of Love.
Talbot begins in 1967 by telling all the beautiful and wonderfully unique characteristics that makes San Fransisco a mecca for the epically unusual. Dozens of pages are filled with stories of the bands who became brands, the personalities who shaped the hippie generation and the city's places where these stories took place.
The second section of the book tells the devestating truth about the effects of the Summer of Love. In equal amounts of love, freedom and unity came violence, division and hate. It is through these stories that we learn all of the hardships San Fransisco has had to endure to get to where it is now. Diversity is no easy thing, no matter how spectacular the setting is.
At last, the book's final section covers the resurection of the town and how it settled back in to its amazing potential by generating a winning (and amazingly diverse) football team, supporting its first female mayor and working together to keep the peace amongst its citizens.