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

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

by Randy Shilts
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The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts

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.

Known as "The Mayor of Castro Street" even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal and political life 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.

The Mayor of Castro Street 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312560850
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 355,854
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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).

Table of Contents

Author's Notexiii
Part IThe Years Without Hope1
1The Men without Their Shirts3
2Gay Everyman12
3Judy Garland's Dead30
4Sodom by the Sea47
Part IIThe Mayor of Castro Street67
5Politics as Theater69
6The Early Invaders81
7The First Skirmish95
8Gay Main Street111
9Harvey Milk vs. The Machine127
10Orange Tuesday153
11Showdown on Castro Street169
Part IIISupervisor Harvey Milk187
12Media Star189
13Willkommen Castro211
14Deadline Pressure229
15Curtain Call252
16No Cross, No Crown263
Part IVThe Legend Begins297
17Justice and Thieves299
18The Final Act324
Appendix I.A Populist Looks at the City Speech to the Joint International Longshoremen & Warehouseman's Union of San Francisco September 10, 1973349
Appendix II.A City of Neighborhoods Address at Inaugural Dinner January 10, 1978353
Appendix III.The Hope Speech Keynote Address to Gay Caucus of California Democratic Council (San Diego) March 10, 1978359
Appendix IV.That's What America Is Speech at Gay Freedom Day Rally June 25, 1978364
Appendix V.Harvey Milk's Political Will Tape-recorded November 18, 1977372
Notes on Sources376

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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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