San Francisco: Presidio, Port and Pacific Metropolis. By Robert W. Cherny and William Issel. San Francisco: Boyd & Fraser Publishing Company, 1981. Maps. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. 129 pages. $4.95.
In this brief book in the “Golden State Series” the authors have provided the best starting point—for both general reader and scholar—for examining the history of San Diego’s smaller sister city to the north. They have carefully synthesized the literature available and provided many insights into their subject. They have interwoven political, social, economic and cultural history into an informative picture of San Francisco from its origins until recent times.