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Harvey Milk - eloquent, charismatic, and a smart aleck - was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk's assassination at the age of 48 made him the most famous gay man in modern history; 20 years later, Time magazine included him on its list of the hundred most influential individuals of the 20th century. 

Before finding his calling as a liberal politician, however, Harvey variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store, and organizer of the business community in San Francisco's Castro District. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. 

His early influences and his many personal and professional experiences finally came together when he decided to run for elective office as the forceful champion of gays, racial minorities, women, working people, the disabled, and senior citizens. In his last five years, he focused all of his tremendous energy on becoming a successful public figure.

©2018 Lillian Faderman (P)2018 Tantor

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Nothing New Here. Rehashed information.

This book would be more interesting to someone who has just become familiar with the most interesting Harvey Milk. I was really hoping that I would learn a couple of new facts about this most controversial man. We all have our 'quirks' but Lillian Faderman writes about the 'whiney side' of Harvey rather a little too much.

The only new fact that I learned about Harvey was that some of his cremates were put in a box that had been 'bedazzled' and that Kool Aid was pored into San Francisco Bay when they were scattered in order to honor those who died in Guyana under the insane orders of Jim Jones and The People's Temple.

II compared it, perhaps unfairly to The Life and Time of Harvey Milk. Personally I found it rather difficult to get though. Did not exactly 'flow'!

Joel Froomkin did a pretty good job with his narration but I did find that my eyelids were getting pretty heavy as his performance was soporific.

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Disappointing

Thank goodness this is a quick read because the narration is terrible and the content only so-so. Only an abiding interest in the life of Harvey Milk could have enticed me to stick it out for the few prices of info not gleaned from reading The Mayor of Castro Street. I had expected more from Yale University Press.

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