Season of the Witch: Book summary and reviews of Season of the Witch by David Talbot

Season of the Witch

Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love

by David Talbot

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Season of the Witch by David Talbot

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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.

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"Starred Review. An ambitious, labor-of-love illumination of a city's soul, celebrating the uniqueness of San Francisco without minimizing the price paid for the city's free-spiritedness… Talbot takes the reader much deeper than cliché, exploring a San Francisco that tourists never discover." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Exhaustive research yields penetrating character studies… In exhilarating fashion, Talbot clears the rainbow mist and brings San Francisco into sharp focus." - Publisher's Weekly

"Talbot presents gripping accounts of both crime sprees and football showdowns. Even people who were there might take away something new, and for others, the book offers a comprehensive introduction to the era." - Booklist

"In this wonderful book, David Talbot tells the stories deep in San Francisco's loric landscape, from its cultural greatness to the slides into madness. Talbot explores its volcanic originality with awe and respect. An unforgettable history." - Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties

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David Talbot

David Talbot, author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, is the founder and CEO of Salon. He lives in San Francisco.

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