Situated at the mouth of the Golden Gate is the Presidio of San Francisco, one of the nation’s most famous former U.S. Army bases, currently a National Park in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a distinguished National Historic Landmark. From its humble beginnings as a distant outpost of the Spanish Empire on the Pacific Coast, the Presidio evolved into the most important American military post in the Western United States, playing a key role in America’s wars in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As an active military base and the guardian of the Golden Gate up to 1994, and as a National Park today, the Presidio has played an important role in the lives of the citizens of San Francisco, both during wartime, and in times of peace. The Presidio’s stunning natural beauty and military and cultural importance make it one of our nation’s historic treasures.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Series:||Historic Photos Series|
|Product dimensions:||10.24(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.91(d)|
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I grew up near the Presidio in San Francisco. Recently I found this book by 'accident' and purchased it as a gift for a friend whose parents were stationed in the Army while I was in high school. Initially I felt the book lacked continuity, and I was surprised by how many of the photos were drab and over-exposed. My reaction was that some time spent in Photoshop would have made them much more appealing and less work to make out the details. But regardless of the criticisms, this is probably the best book on the Presidio, not only historically, but for what it provided culturally to those stationed there and to the residents of San Francisco as for all its importance, it was open to the public to drive through, go to its beaches, and so on. In this regard the book is very compelling to read. It is truly a very warm and heartfelt attempt to describe an era of a place of immense importance to many people. Now it is just a big geographical landmark, but historically it was every bit as magical. If it were not for the author capturing these aspects of this marvelous and diverse place in her photo, I would have given it four stars. This book is very emotionally provocative -- an excellent literary representation despite what initially stands out as artistic flaws.