Jim Holden - It Happened in Marin (Sausalito)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

What makes Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape? In It Happened in Marin, author Jim Holden brings us a wealth of answers. With Jim we explore the enchanted wilds of Mt. Tam. We learn about the difficult birth of the Golden Gate Bridge and the pioneers who brought it into being. We hike the trails of a secret wildlife preserve that Jim calls “The Big Empty,” and we get an insider’s look into the controversies surrounding the county’s oyster beds, its tule elk, and even Marin’s esteemed Buck Trust.

The lifeblood of Jim’s stories is his rich cast of characters. Here we meet renowned national figures like Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and Kit Carson, we meet Marin’s own William Kent and William Coleman, and we meet the fascinating but little known trailblazer, Martha Buckelew, a frontier woman who left a profound mark on her male-dominated world. There is high drama here too: the now infamous shootout and hostage-taking at the Marin County courthouse by a group of inmates from San Quentin, with the alleged involvement of activist Angela Davis. And we confront a stunning chapter in Marin history: the campaign of violence and intimidation fostered by a bizarre cult that once ran rampant in West Marin. Yes, it all happened here in Marin, just beneath the façade of wealthy sophistication for which Marin is so well known across the whole of America.

With magnificent photography from Marin’s Brad Rippe, this is a book to savor and a must read for history buffs and for all of us who call Marin our home.

Jim Holden brings a distinguished background to these stories. A native of St. Louis, Jim came west and graduated from Stanford University. He then earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and practiced law for many years in San Francisco and Marin, mostly with Hanson Bridgett, LLP. For more than 45 years, Jim has lived in Marin County, hiking its trails, loving its spirit, and becoming an avid student of its unique history, culture and lore. Now retired, Jim and his wife Mary live in San Rafael.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965
It Happened in Marin: True Stories from the Other Side of the Golden Gate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997640540
Availability: Backordered
Published: Val de Grace - October 31st, 2017

What makes California's Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape?