Reclaiming San Francisco
History, Politics, Culture
Edited by James Brook, Chris Carlsson, Nancy J. Peters
"A breathtaking ride through a dozen different cities called San Francisco."
Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear
"This book celebrates the fact that we live in the most glorious of all human creations, a city, with living streets, more like ancient Athens or Samarkhand or Calcutta than like the aggregate office block/ parking lot/ shopping malls that once were modern American cities and still bear their names. Read it to understand why San Francisco is still alive--and how we have to defend it."
Joan Holden, San Francisco Mime Troupe
"A wonderful tour through the City's history and cultural life."
Chester Hartman, author of The Transformation of San Francisco
"Having read this kaleidoscopic investigation of the great Pacific metropolis, I stand in awe of its raw energy, but fear, simultaneously, its dispersion into affluence and make-believe. The radical energy that animated San Francisco is pulsing in these pages, as does dismay at its murder by greed and promotion."
Andrei Codrescu, author of The Dog with the Chip in His Neck and NPR commentator