One would hardly expect a newspaper anthology from an colorful a town as San Francisco to be anything but colorful itself--especially when the paper is the much respected Chronicle. In over 100 years of operation it has reported the fires, murders, trials, opera season, strikes, visiting Presidents, and what have you in a style and search for truth that has become legendary among American journalists. Here, for instance, we have a scoop account of Lincoln's assassination, gleaned from a visit to a telegraph office by young publisher, Charles De Young, who understood Morse Code. Here are Herb famed Baghdad by-the-Bay columns, accounts of Tong Wars, football games, championship prize fights, the Beat Generation, a lynching, the Alaska Gold Strike, visits by Oscar Wilde or Jack London, effects of World War II on the city, vicious waterfront and farm strikes of the depression 1930's, the great Fire itself, and so much more one can't begin to list it here. In total, the Reader accomplishes many things. First and foremost it entertains (you don't have to have lived in SF, to enjoy every word of it). Secondly, it establishes an historical and cultural birds-eye view of the city hard to find elsewhere. And thirdly, it sets a style of quality journalism which every other city in America should try to emulate. A very welcome volume of more than regional appeal and one assured of many readers.