I'm sure that "A short History of Sonoma" is a fine book and I intend to read it. It's unfortunate, however, that you have to unfairly run down the Arcadia book "Images of Sonoma Valley," which a. is not "passed off as" a history book, and b. is a book primarily of photographs, therefor could not possibly have anything in it about history earlier than that invention!
The authors of "Images...," Valerie Sherer Mathes, and the late Diane Smith, are and were both very serious historians of Sonoma Valley and have done us a great service by compiling a set of splendidly evocative photos of our past.
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