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.
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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The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
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by The Washington Post,
“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.”
by The Los Angeles Times,
“A remarkable work [of] biography, social history, and political machination....Exceptional.”
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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