Publisher description for Season of the witch : enchantment, terror, and deliverance in the city of love / David Talbot.


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In a kaleidoscopic narrative, the New York Times bestselling author of Brothers recounts the gripping story of the civil strife and tragedies that beset San Francisco between 1967 and 1982—and led to the city'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, Altamont, 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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
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.