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Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love By David Talbot,

  • Title: Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love
  • Author: David Talbot
  • ISBN: 9781439108215
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a kaleidoscopic narrative, bestselling David Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 1982 of the extraordinary persons who led to the city s ultimate rebirth 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 radicallyIn a kaleidoscopic narrative, bestselling David Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 1982 of the extraordinary persons who led to the city s ultimate rebirth 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 then revolutionized the world The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 60s cultural revolution But by the early 70s, 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 finally a terrifying sexual epidemic No other city endured so many calamities in such a short time span Talbot goes deep into the riveting story of his city s ascent, decline heroic recovery He draws intimate portraits of San Francisco s legendary demons saviors Charles Manson, Patty Hearst the Symbionese Liberation Army, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bill Graham, Herb Caen, the Cockettes, Harvey Milk, Jim Jones the Peoples Temple, Joe Montana the Super Bowl 49ers He reveals how the city emerged from the trials of this period with a new brand of San Francisco values, including gay marriage, medical marijuana, immigration sanctuary, universal health care, recycling, renewable energy, consumer safety a living wage mandate Considered radical when they were first introduced, these ideas have become the bedrock of decent society in many parts of the country exemplify the ways that the city now inspires a live and let live tolerance, a shared sense of humanity an openness to change As a new generation of activists dreamers seeks its own path to a enlightened future, Season of the Witch with its epic tale of the wild bloody birth of San Francisco values offers both inspiration cautionary wisdom.
    Season of the Witch Enchantment Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love In a kaleidoscopic narrative bestselling David Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between of the extraordinary persons who led to the city s ultimate

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    1. I was excited to read this book about the history of San Francisco focusing in on the period between 1967 1982 I grew up in the city during this time and was curious to see what Talbot would have to say about the era.While I appreciated the writing and personal narratives from famous San Francisco characters oh how I miss Herb Caen , I found the book to be pretty narrow in it s scope Basically, its white scope.While Talbot plays lip service to the African American community in the Fil and the Ch [...]

    2. It wasn t always peace and love in San Francisco Or actually ever The hot second of gentle people with flowers in their hair quickly gave way to a myriad of social misery overdoses, VD, abandoned children, racism, AIDS, murder, manslaughter, etc The problem was the myth we sang about far outlasted the reality we experienced I had completely forgotten about the connection between the Jim Jones mass murders and the Moscone Milk murders a week later, for example The book reminds us of San Francisco [...]

    3. WOW This dazzling page turner tells much of the history of San Francisco during the time I ve lived here From 1966 in the ramp up to the Summer of Love through the Big Gay Immigration boom which brought me here in 1976 through drugs, politics, sex, cults, murders and scandals, this book gets to the heart of the matter.When people hear that I lived here in the 1970s, before AIDS was on anyone s radar, their ears prick up as though they were about to hear a dirty joke Sure, there were orgies and d [...]

    4. This is a sometimes heart wrenching and sometimes ecstatic narrative of the dramatic era that brought San Francisco through some incredible times and changes.I can t say it any better than this review San Francisco s Darkest Hours The founder of Salon takes a fascinating tour of the Golden Gate City, 1967 82.If you love San Francisco or you re interested in rock n roll, gay history, traumatic 70s racial politics, or even the 49ers football team, you ll probably find this book riveting.If you re [...]

    5. It s difficult to imagine any city in North America that has experienced such a short and intense period of tumult and terror as did San Francisco from the mid 60s to the early 1980s.The Summer of Love The racist Zebra killings The People s Temple mass suicide The assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone The onset of the AIDS epidemic And the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and Janis oh, the music You can t make this stuff up.For those of us who lived through this era in and near S [...]

    6. It was with much anticipation and excitement that I started former Salon editor David Talbot s 60s 70s 80s history of San Francisco, SEASON OF THE WITCH , and with much disappointment and disgust that I slammed it down thirteen chapters later No, I did not finish the book I d never get those hours back, and alas, neither will I get back the four or so hours I invested in those 13 chapters I believe that I can successfully and accurately review the book anyway, and hopefully talk you out of any i [...]

    7. Most of the events occurred in the decade before I moved to San Francisco, but the effects of these upheavals were still felt and formed the structure and personality of the city I lived in for 10 years, and even that time in which I inhabited it can be looked upon with nostalgia since there has been yet another upheaval, shifting the city again So I was glad to read this book and learn about events that shaped the City I knew Talbot gives in depth accounts of the people and the forces that inf [...]

    8. lordy, this was bleak it s about san francisco from the late 60s to the early 80s, so i was prepared for the murder of Moscone and Milk and the rise of AIDS, but I was not prepared for zebra killers, jim jones, patty hearst and all the deaths from hard drugs I was relieved when i got to a couple of chapters on american football which i didn t really understand or care about, but was light relief from everything else I was not looking forward to reading about AIDS either, but actually, it was qui [...]

    9. One of the greatest history accounts I have read on the turbulent past of SF in the mid to late 20th century Recommended to all those fascinated with the city of San Francisco A great history of the key players who aided in developing the liberal nature of the city, it s culture of acceptance, and the model it served for the rest of the world Loved

    10. Worth the read for the panoramic and general tour of San Francisco s history, from 1930 1989, Talbot introduces a cornucopia of cast members against the ever abused imaginary stage of San Francisco s past.Despite his floundering attempts to add depth to his ever expanding cast of characters, Talbots writing is a lesson in binarism and blindness But even as cliche filled, linguistically stunted and intellectually numbing as Season of the Witch is, I had a hard time putting it down for its Da Vini [...]

    11. Dante is often quoted I paraphrase as finding heaven the hardest to write of all the sections of his Divine Comedy I wonder if the writer Talbot had similar difficulties on certain sections of this exuberant popular history of one of my favorite cities, San Francisco during the sixties and seventies His writing about the utopian early hippie days and an attempt at redemption in an effective stint at mayor by Diane Feinstein and a good 49ers season I did find the section on the city s response to [...]

    12. Every San Fransican needs to read this book to understand the tumult our city has endured to get where it is is today Spectacular writing of the 60s and before , The role of the Dead in the Haight Ashbury, the importance of music to the city, Jonestown, the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the details of the rise of so many characters in the SF landscape including Harvey Milk, Diane Feinstein, Mayors Moscone, Alioto A romping, rough ride through the history of SF Wonderful.

    13. I loved every page of this book and often stayed up later to get I am sad that it is over, because there is so much I want to learn about my amazing city What a place What people What what crazy stories in one of America s greatest cities.

    14. Season of the Witch is an engaging, interesting overview of San Francisco during two very turbulent decades David Talbot takes readers through twenty years of history in a city that s undergone massive change and social turmoil, highlighting the lives of the city s most colorful inhabitants The chapters are short great for commuting and vary from stories about criminal cases, like the Zebra Murders, to the rise of the Cockettes I really vacillated between three and four stars on this one The sto [...]

    15. Won t blow you away with style, but well put together and researched The amount of story in the subject he has chosen and the time span he chose to cover makes it surprising that this came in under 500 pages at all which may be why he left out Zodiac, the 89 earthquake Hippies, Patty Hearst, drugs, bikers, Altamont, racial tension, Jonestown, birth of gay rights, murder, politics and Solid reporting and storytelling probably essential reading for fans of this city PRO Research This is a city I [...]

    16. A fast moving and concise history of San Francisco The City during a vivid, terrible, and pivotal time in its history, from 1967, the time of the Summer of Love, through 1982 and the start of the AIDS epidemic, which would devastate the City The nonstop party that was San Francisco seemed to end overnight Even before 1982, we read of momentous and sometimes dreadful events the end of the hippie era, the rise of impresario Bill Graham, the musical influence the City would have on the national cul [...]

    17. Talbot s tales are, emotional, biased, frequently outrageous, but undeniably fascinating He weaves together a history of a city that struggles to manage its openness to new ideas, people, and creeds, with its need to function as normally as possible.In order to illustrate this Talbot profiles many of San Francisco s most notable personalities such as Herb Caine and Armistead Maupin author of Tales of the City who promulgated a version of the city that is, at least partially, an illusion, as well [...]

    18. Thank you to my friend Terri Pilate for recommending this extremely engaging and brilliantly told non fiction book about a short few decades of San Francisco history It s a period between the 60 s and 80 s and one I thought I knew very well having lived in the SF Bay Area for most of that time I actually learned quite a lot I didn t know, and was able to understand that period of my life a whole lot better If you remember Moscone, Milk, Bil Graham, Herb Cain, Patty Hearst, Janis Joplin, the Hipp [...]

    19. Wonderful portrait of San Francisco during a time of extreme change and significance Many winding threads connecting in unexpected places and huge revelations even to someone who has lived in the bay area almost his whole lift.Highlights SF was full of opium dens in early 20th century City passed laws during prohibition that stopped cops from enforcing dry laws Irish catholic city and police were powerful, conservative factions in late 60s City planned an extension of the freeway that demolished [...]

    20. Enjoyable read An historical guidebook or sketchbook of the history, art, music, and culture of SF from the 1960s 1980s Some chapters I wish he d extend and others shorten We are familiar with some of the main characters, but I also learned a great deal about the City by the Bay that I didn t know He bruised my opinion of some I admire Moscone, etc , but made me appreciate others even Walsh, etc There are excellent quotes throughout the book by the author and others it will make you laugh and c [...]

    21. I m not sure if this book would have resonated the same way if I weren t a longtime SF resident and bay area native the salience of every major player and place of interest really galvanized the reading experience Though the writing skewed a little cheesy maudlin at times, overall Talbot did a great job illuminating the details of people s everyday lives and the sociopolitical cultural tenor of various timeframes and neighborhoods.nst the backdrop of major historical events that we ve all heard [...]

    22. Fascinating, beautifully written, captivating I don t know if this book, with all its names and locations, would be as interesting to someone who doesn t live hasn t lived in San Francisco, but for me it was a wonderful and occasionally harrowing time machine back to my childhood.

    23. Realy, realy, realy good Talbot takes the reader from the summer of love through the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s covering everything from the Grateful Dead to the murder of Harvey Milk The book shows that while songs and popular culture accounts romanticize the City of Love , the reality of modern San Fransisco is the result of cultural, political and social revolution Interestingly, Talbot refers to the book as a love letter to the city before launching into the dark side the murder, mayhem and [...]

    24. Talbot produces a fairly convincing argument in his book that San Francisco s tumultuous modern history, starting from the 1920s through the 1980s, was the result of a continual clash of two forces the conservative, predominately immigrant Irish and Italian Catholic communities that worked its way into city government and the police, and those that felt oppressed by their values or network, whether that be the youth, ethnic or gay communities and that their result paved the way for a inclusive [...]

    25. It seems a lifetime, or at least a Main Era the kind of peak that never comes again San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of Maybe it meant something Maybe not, in the long runbut no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of the world Whatever it meant There was madness in any direction, at any hour If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los [...]

    26. This is a socio political history of San Francisco from 1967 the Summer of Love through the late 80 s, arguably the most interesting times in the most interesting city anywhere Talbot begins by writing about the old guard of San Francisco, the political establishment drawn from Irish and Italian roots and the various parochial schools, and how it responded to thousands and thousands of young people making their way to live in peace and freedom on the streets and in the parks of San Francisco The [...]

    27. This is not an ordinary history of San Francisco It makes the years beginning with the 1960 s Summer of Love through the 1980 s AIDS epidemic come alive San Francisco, long known as a bastion of personal freedom, also has a traditional side that holds conservative values At times, the blue collar police and fire fighters, religious catholics, and those repulsed by too much freedom held political power They are a strange contrast to the drag queens and bizarre characters who parade in the Castro [...]

    28. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in San Francisco and California history, or anyone who lived through the 60 s and 70 s and considered themselves part of that generation of cultural and political rebels I grew up in the SF Bay Area and was 13 years old in the summer of 1968 I went to the Haight Ashbury with a group of girlfriends, chaperoned by my father, who waited nearby We thought we were so cool in our baggy jeans and tie dye shirts, but also felt the dangerous, down and out [...]

    29. I wasn t planning to read this, but when my friend Eileen lent it to me and let me know that the first chapter was all about the family of a dear friend of mine the late Vivian Hallinan , I decided to have a look and I am so glad I did In a fast paced reportorial style, David Talbot takes you through some of the most frightening events in San Francisco history the descent of the Summer of Love into drugs and mayhem in the Haight, Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre, the assassination of Mayor G [...]

    30. This is an outstanding book It takes you far beyond Herb Caen s three dot journalism and Armistead Maupin s Tales although both of those authors are worthy studies The vibrancy of San Francisco, its eccentricity and colorful weirdos are all laid out here in compelling portraits and anecdotes After tracing the old leftist heritage of the City by the Bay, the book focuses on the period between the Summer of Love in the Sixties, up through the Hearst kidnapping, the Moscone Milk murdrs, the Jonesto [...]

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