James R. Smith is a California historian and the author of "The California Snatch Racket", "San Francisco's Lost Landmarks", and "San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Early Years", as well as a number of historical articles. He is a member of the California Historical Society, the San Francisco History Association, the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society, and the Library Fund at the University of California, Berkeley and is active in the preservation and promotion of history and historical lore. He is a frequent lecturer and discussion leader at universities, historical societies, libraries, and bookstores. He lives in San Francisco.
A great read for San Francisco old-timers who remember Playland at the Beach and want to revisit it or share it their memories with family and friends, or for those who love old amusement parks and their history. --San Francisco Book Review