Santa Monica, CA: Angel City Press, 2008.
First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. 271 pp, with frontispiece, illustrations, bibliography, index. A fine copy, in like dust jacket, signed by Read with short personal inscription (thanking the recipient for help on the book) on half-title. As described on the jacket, this volume "tells the little-known story of the early life or the West and of Los Angeles through the fascinating biography of a single notable figure, Benjamin David Wilson, who came to be known as Don Benito, was born during the lifetimes of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and died in a Los Angeles that resembles the city we know today."