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The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

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Known as The Mayor of Castro Street even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

Harvey Milk has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including the Academy Award-winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk. His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture, Milk, starring Sean Penn.

The Mayor of Castro Street is Shilts's acclaimed story of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the 1970s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

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“A no-holds-barred character study and a history of the local gay movement....An investigative piece on the mechanics of big-city government in all its expedient, back-biting splendor.” The Washington Post

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“A remarkable work [of] biography, social history, and political machination....Exceptional.” The Los Angeles Times

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Known as “The Mayor of Castro Street” even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

Harvey Milk has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including the Academy Award-winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk.  His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture, Milk, starring Sean Penn.

About the Author

Randy Shilts was one of the first openly gay journalists hired at a major newspaper and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for thirteen years. He died of AIDS in 1994 at his home in the Sonoma County redwoods in California. He was the author of several groundbreaking bestsellers, including And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987) and Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military (1993).

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Christin, September 14, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
This is an excellent biography. It explores not only Harvey Milk's life, but the social landscape that helped create him and that he, in turn, helped re-create. I like that the author doesn't make the mistake of idealizing Harvey. The author doesn't shy away from the silly or excessive aspects of Harvey's personality. But not only does that not detract from his accomplishments, it actually makes Harvey a more inspiring figure. He was a human being with real flaws, but he still managed to galvanize so many people to work together, proving his idealism wasn't unfounded and that a better world is possible.
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i8pixistix, February 19, 2009 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
This book was INCREDIBLE and I had been wanting to read it for YEARS. In light of the Proposition 8 legislation that was just passed in California, it appears that the Gay Rights movement found themselves right back in the 1970s - it became so evident how history was repeating itself right now in the 21st century - minus some of the violent riots.
Milk's story is amazing and inspiring. It should be required reading for all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312560850
Subtitle:
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Author:
Shilts, Randy
Author:
Shilts, Randy
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Politicians
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Milk, Harvey
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20081014
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.5 x 1.175 in

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Product details 400 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312560850 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A no-holds-barred character study and a history of the local gay movement....An investigative piece on the mechanics of big-city government in all its expedient, back-biting splendor.”
"Review" by , “A remarkable work [of] biography, social history, and political machination....Exceptional.”
"Synopsis" by , Known as “The Mayor of Castro Street” even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

Harvey Milk has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including the Academy Award-winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk.  His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture, Milk, starring Sean Penn.

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