David Talbot's Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love (Free Press, 2012) is the story of a turbulent but formative period in recent San Francisco history from 1967 to 1982. This book has stayed on San Francisco Chronicle's local best-sellers list. Another indication of this book's popularity is that presently 195 San Francisco Public Library patrons are borrowing one of our copies of the book.
Talbot goes far beyond the social turmoil of the time to devote many pages to the City's performing arts and sports. Each chapter of his book includes a reading list. Naturally, the music of the Summer of Love is prominently discussed. The story of the seminal, gender-bending performance group The Cockettes also gets told. Finally, as a story of redemption, Talbot narrates the San Francisco 49ers path from perennial failure to the Super Bowl.
Here is a listing of the titles that Talbot cites in his book, all available to borrow from the Library.