San Francisco (2nd edition)
A Cultural History
published 2011 • 5.25" x 8" • 246 pages • b&w photos • maps
ISBN 9781566568173 • paperback • $15.00 •
Within a generation San Francisco grew from an isolated Mexican trading post with more hills than people into America’s major Pacific Coast city. Shaped by entrepreneurs, eccentrics, and visionaries, it became renowned for accommodating those who dared to be different. People as diverse as William Randolph Hearst, Lillie Coit, Carol Doda, Jerry Garcia, and Harvey Milk have thrived in San Francisco’s permissive environment as it evolved into one of the world’s most welcoming and visually stunning cities.
• The City of Landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge; the Transamerica Pyramid; the Ferry Building; Mission Dolores; City Hall, Coit Tower; Alcatraz Island; Yerba Buena Gardens.
• The City of Psychedelia: Ken Kesey and the Acid Tests; the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane; the Trips Festival and the Human Be-In; underground culture and festivals.
• The City of Writers: Ina Donna Coolbrith, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, George Sterling; Dashiel Hammett; Kenneth Rexroth; Allen Ginsberg; Herb Caen; Armistead Maupin.
Mick Sinclair is the author of sixteen books and has written widely on many diverse aspects of California history and culture.
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