Library Journal - Library JournalSinclair, a travel writer who's written primarily on California, New York City, Florida, and Scandinavia, here offers his sixth title on San Francisco. Unlike the other five, it is less a travel guide and more a historical exploration of the city. The book is divided into six parts: the first two cover the founding and development of San Francisco, the third its culture, the fourth its landmarks, the fifth the ethnic diversity of its neighborhoods, and the last the cultural/political movements that commenced in its environs, such as the beatniks, the Berkeley free speech, and the hippies. Using an informal writing style, the author keeps the reader's interest by connecting the city's past with its current identity. Although the text would have benefited from photographs (instead of illustrations) and more maps, this is an excellent supplement to a basic travel guide and it also stands alone as an informal history of the city. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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