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

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

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by Randy Shilts
     
 

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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

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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.

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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312560850
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
367,542
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet 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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The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Darrold More than 1 year ago
The movie "Milk" got me interested in reading about the life of Harvey Milk. This is a fascinating story about the rise of the Castro as a Gay Mecca in the 1970s in San Francisco. The movie wisely concentrated on Milk's last decade, but this book gives a better overall picture of his life, including his years before he became an activist. The book shows his strengths, charisma, and also flaws. It is never boring. I am now interested in reading the other books by Randy Shilts. There are many compelling stories wrapped up in the same times, such as Anita Bryant, the Peoples Temple, Jimmy Carter, etc. Book includes many details about city politics, how neighborhoods rise and fall in big cities, how the Castro grew beyond control, how the police interacted with the gays, and the circle of friends and colleagues around Harvey Milk, with their shifting loyalties. Highly recommended reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After having read two other books by the same author of this book I am not surprised by the amount of research Randy Shilts had to peform in order to give us this detailed account of one of America's first openly gay politician. In an era where gay rights are becoming more acceptable this is a great way to introduce a new generation of readers to the important story of equal rights regardless of sexual orientation. A great read before seeing the film "MILK".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mayor of Castro Street is an extraordinary look into the life of the late Harvey Milk. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end, and I loved all the politcal intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With the popularity of the movie MILK, many are looking for more information about slain gay rights activist, Harvey Milk. This is the definitive account of Milk and his times. It should be required reading for any LGBT or ally. Anyone trying to understand current struggles needs to read the roots planted in the Castro three decades ago. Shilts' account is touching yet full of journalistic integrity. I highly recommend this book.
Angi_Simon More than 1 year ago
This is on my list of upcoming reads. I skimmed this a bit and love it. I was so devastated when Harvey Milk and George Moscone were assassinated. It makes one wonder history would have changed if they had lived on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this for a scholarship essay, and the detail in this book is amazing! The author really lets you get the inside look on the late politician. I totally recommend this to readers of all ages.
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