My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An appealing local history. A well researched and documented book of my turf. A look back to the time the Ohlone inhabited the beautiful valley at the south end of San Francisco Bay. The padres came, the rancheros came, the Santa Clara Valley became the Valley of Hearts Delight, and my home about the time it began its transformation to the now-famous Silicon Valley. I know these people and places, literally! I saw these exact orchards and watched them morph into posh suburbs. I worked with some of these people. I still drive these roads and see the remnants of the past.
Maybe not a book that everyone could connect to so personally, but there are such books everywhere. They are worth finding. I am delighted to still live here (on a mountain that combines the best of the past and the present) and grateful to have the transformation captured so richly.