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

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The Mayor of Castro Street The Life Times of Harvey Milk 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
  • Title: The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life & Times of Harvey Milk
  • Author: Randy Shilts
  • ISBN: 9780312560850
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 pThe 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.
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    This is a fantastic book I give it three stars for writing, four for reportage and five for being incredibly inspiring There were passages throughout that I wanted to mark and post here, but I didn t The appendices include several superb speeches by Milk the man was both a practical and philosophical adherent of making cities human The book is not just about his on the ground life, but his ideas, too And they were grand ideas, but always with a human face Milk believed in humans, not just gay hu [...]

    Living as an educated American in 2012, stories about the violence and ostracism meted out to gay people just a few decades ago seem unreal Harvey Milk, sensibly, spent most of his life being discreet and maintaining a respectable facade His sense of moral outrage, as well as his sense of theater, however, eventually got the better of him Shortly after moving to San Francisco in 1973, he took up politics The Mayor of Castro Street is both a biography of Milk and a history of gay life in mid twen [...]

    Well written biography of Harvey Milk Shilts eschews the hagiographic approach adopted in the movie Milk to provide a rounded view of Milk s life, his life s work and his legacy Shilts portrays Milk with all his fire and passion for life both personal and political We see his skill as a politician with an inate sense of theatre and of justice, who built a broad support base that included not just the gay population but small business, blue collar industry and other minority groups We also see t [...]

    The Mayor of Castro Street The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts is by far one of the most remarkable books I have ever read For those of you who have seen Sean Penn in Milk, the movie only provided glimpse into the complex man and the times he lived in Randy Shilts goes beyond and tells not only of story of Harvey Milk but the rich history of the modern day GLBT movement The details of early homosexuality of how gay and lesbians were treated in San Francisco offer insight on a subje [...]

    If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door I m just gonna get straight to it The Mayor of Castro Street advertises itself as a biography of Harvey Milk The first part of this book is definitely that, but the story then strays away to focus on other political figures of the time Sure, they are important to Milk s story, but they end up taking center stage rather then him for long periods of time That made it really hard for me to get through, and ultimately lowe [...]

    While this book wasn t technically perfect, it did fire up a range of emotions in me especially toward the end rocketing it from the 4 star category to 5 star category It was amazing how sad and angry I could get when I already knew the general outline of how things turned out.Some thoughts 1 I had never really understood the rioting that happens after many heinous legal verdictsbefore excepts perhaps in a abstract way Reading about the White Night riots after the Dan White trial and verdict , I [...]

    So many things to say on this one Long review This is a great read for those not only interested in the history of gay rights, but also those interested in biographies of dynamic political leaders and the powerful change they can inspire in people, despite and or because of their personal lives and complex character profiles Harvey Milk is super fascinating, period In some ways, he was a consummate politician, shaking hands everywhere he went, obsessed with the concept of political theatre, forg [...]

    Previously having read And The Band Played On, I knew I would enjoy this book before I read it Since Shilts was a journalist and an author, his narration is gripping For many years, I have attempted to understand the experiences of my gay brothers and sisters so I can be a better ally And books like these are a good way to begin I had seen Milk, but I liked learning about him as a person, as opposed to the skin deep version we got in the movie If you have any interest in GLBT Studies, The Mayor [...]

    This is a great story about a tremendous personality, but unfortunately, not a very good book.Harvey Milk is a legend, and the best thing that the author did here was to bring his personality to life in these pages As the book went on, I liked him and , I was in his corner, I wanted him to succeed and I was deeply sad at his end, though I knew it was coming Unfortunately, however, his charisma wasn t enough to hold my attention through the book And the focus on his life faltered and become and [...]

    June 2009Having recently watched both the documentary and the recent film, I was curious to learn about the life of Harvey Milk This book provides it The Mayor of Castro Street is a fascinating look into Milk s life and all too short political career, as well as a detailed and sad history of gay rights in the Twentieth Century Thirty years later, it s humbling to see how far we ve come and how far we have yet to go.Minor complaint Since it was republished to tie in with the 2008 film, I was ho [...]

    I love Harvey Milk I really do But after reading this book, I think I like him a little less I love that Randy Shilts can write about my hero, flaws and all, and still leave me humbled Humbled that even the people we idolize are actually, like all of us, flawed human beings.

    Beside the lines You gotta give em hope in my copy of this book I wrote a small note that said, I love you Harvey In reality I m almost positive I would have a far nuanced opinions or Harvey Milk, but reading about the man gives me hope and so I love him for it.I credit whatever pre coming out self awareness with the movie Milk which brought my attention to Harvey Milk in the first place Watching that film I fell for the teenager Paul who s in a wheel chair and crying over the phone as he talks [...]

    For me, to speak about The Mayor of Castro Street is to speak of And The Band Played On, also authored by Shilts, which analyzes the struggles in the political, medical, societal and interpersonal arenas that led to AIDS being allowed to spread before it was treated as a major health issue For one thing, many of the political figures featured in Mayor also make an appearance, older and in many cases solidly settled, in Band Among others, Cleve Jones, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Pabich or Bill Kraus [...]

    Randy Shilts is the s He depicted Harvey Milk s life richly, with knowledge he gained as a gay SF reporter during the 70s, and subsequent research The myriad details never weighed down the story arc, but instead kept me riveted and reading further Shilts wrote non fiction like it was a really excellent screenplay, where every bit advances the plot while being valuable in and of itself As an aspiring journalist, I d say that s a great take home message about writing.That said, I m still pondering [...]

    After watching Milk, I realized there was a lot I didn t know about this time in history, even though I had seen the documentary in the mid nineties and remember a paragraph or two from my American History book I approached this book thinking it would be informative and somewhat dry, but was surprised at how in depth, accessible and fun to read it was It s apparent that Shilts did a great deal of research and was able to get at Milk from many angles, which rounded him out as a figure Shilts pres [...]

    This book far exceeded my expectations I ve known about Harvey Milk for many years and as a gay person I obviously took a special interest in his story What I loved about this book is how eloquently it weaves his story with that of the overall gay movement since WWII It also dissects San Francisco politics, the gentrification of The Castro, and city s history very well.I already loved and admired Harvey Milk and saw him as one of my personal heroes, and this book made that feeling even stronger [...]

    What I have learned from my third reading of this book is that my memory of those times is solid That the murder of the Mayor of San Francisco s Mayor, George Moscone, and City Supervisor Harvey Milk left the Lesbian and Gay Community in San Francisco leaderless at a time when it most needed leadership I believe that, had Harvey Milk lived, the response of America to the AIDS plague would have been very different The response by the Reagan administration might have been different Education Progr [...]

    All these years I have wondered why the media have described the double assassination of 1978 as THE MURDER OF HARVEY MILK oh, and the mayor of San Francisco too This book explains why We learn all about Harvey Milk and what a big personality he had, what a terrific advocate he was not just for gay rights, but for all the rights of anyone within range and what a gifted grassroots politician he was Shilts also paints a wonderful portrait of the many, many changes going on in San Francisco at the [...]

    The thing I found so awesome about this book already being familiar with Milk s life was its author Randy Shilts himself was gay and lived and worked in San Francisco shortly after the events of this book happened There is a certain authenticity, then, to this book that would be lacking were the author instead heterosexual, or lived in a different city or time The way he describes San Francisco, you almost feel as though you are there while everything was going on The way he describes the homoph [...]

    Enjoyed this book a lot, glad I got a chance to read it before I go see the movie Milk I really didn t know anything about Harvey Milk or the struggles he went through on the way to elected office in San Francisco The book gives an excellent picture of the city its political social life in the 1960s and 70s The beginning and end of the book are particularly interesting I thought the middle dragged a bit There s a lot of detail about the political in fighting Milk had to engage in to get where he [...]

    I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could.It s not that I didn t like it In fact, I raved about it, for a while But the middle became very long, tedious, and rife with domestic political struggles I suppose, as an international relations major, I m already predisposed to being uninterested in the local political arena I much preferred the beginning third of the book, and then the last 50 pages or so It s made me curious to see what has occurred in San Francisco since Harvey Milk s assassinatio [...]

    4.5This book I have no words.The only reason I don t rate it five stars is because it s quite wordy every now and then and therefore kind of dragging Apart from that this book is absolutely marvelous.

    While having heard of Harvey Milk, I admit I knew very little of his story or impact within the gay community This biography byRandy Shilts gives an engaging overview of Harvey s life and his impact on San Francisco and the gay community of the United States in three acts The first part is the typical biography early life, family dynamics, memories from neighbors and childhood friends and detailed Harvey s life as a closeted, successful middle class gay in New York City The second act moves acro [...]

    Harvey Milk has become, deservedly, something of a legend in the gay rights movement and in the broader history of San Francisco politics In The Mayor of Castro Street The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, Randy Shilts attempts to separate man from myth and then put it back together again The result is a book which is accessible to both a casual and academic audience.Shilts s writing style is fresh and casual It is almost as though the man were sitting in a room having a conversation with you Epis [...]

    After watching the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, I wanted to learn about this champion of social justice I m familiar with Randy Shilts work having read And the Band Played On What I forgot about his writing style is how frequently he jumps from being in the present to jumping to the past and back again I find it difficult to keep the timeline straight in my head with all the jumping around.Even though I ve just started the book, I m already perplexed by details that are flatly wrong Sh [...]

    I found this book in an attempt to challenge myself to read outside my normal preferences I have often found biographies a tad boring Give me a good documentary about a historical figure any day, with interesting anecdotes about the people who knew them or where there Biographies on the other hand always came off as lackluster and I had a hard time losing myself in them I struggled early in this book with all the background groundwork being laid, but found myself really intrigued by the fact tha [...]

    At first, I struggled with the book It s not exceptionally well written in the early chapters It lacks a real focus on Harvey Milk Though I understand some background information is necessary, I wasn t a fan of how Shilts presented the narrative, until Milk s move to San Francisco Once Milk s move took place and his life focused on service and community organizing and political campaigns, Shilts made these moments come alive for the reader in a thorough and fascinating manner Looking back, credi [...]

    i ve been meaning to read this book for years as i was off to san francisco a few weeks ago, i thought it d be the perfect time to finally get to it this is a really fantastic book agreed, it s not perfectly written but i found it refreshing in its presentation of harvey milk as a fully rounded person, warts and all he doesn t come across as some matyr saint in the book he s ambitious, a little condescending, pretty cruel to his many lovers, often rather crude and a little creepy , but he was st [...]

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