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)
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""Should Be Required Reading In High School""
Randy Shilts knew Harvey Milk well. That is obvious. This book is a historical document that reports Milk's mission for change. Although I was alive during this time I lived in Europe. I did not have to experience any of these challenges. I cannot imagine how horrendous life must have been to live in fear of fellow Human Beings just because you love someone who just happen to be the same gender as yourself. Although I am not naive enough to think that these things are not still happening I know that Milk was a pioneer. A brave pioneer indeed.
Marc Vietor gives an animated and 'time stands still' type of performance'.
A beautifully and compassionate volume for anyone who is interested in this period of history.
Yes, I would hear it again. It was an excellent look into the life of one of the Twentieth Century's greatest civil rights heroes. I enjoyed every bit of this book, and highly recommend it!
I knew some of his story and saw my he film Milk several times. This however filled in some of the other things I was not aware of his life if San Francisco and others during this time period. I highly encourage all to read this story. It's a in depth look at the gay culture of the 70's and before.
"Excellent historical perspective of an activist."
This story is especially important to remember. And also for the younger generations of LGBT folks out there to know how the movement to obtain equal rights for us all began. Harvey Milk is in all of us and we all have work to do still!
I love to read bio's. This one was great even after seeing the actual movie and documentary of Milk's life.
Difficult to believe what was really going on only some 30 odd years ago. Puts changes into perspective.
Milk is central to the narrative and I was swept along by his intentions and actions.
None, it's a biography and it's read as such.
Compelling and sometimes unbelievable tale of persecution and discrimination in modern America.
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