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"This tape is to be played in the event of my assassination." So begins the message recorded by Harvey Milk on the eve of his swearing in as California's first openly gay elected public official. When he was murdered along with San Francisco's mayor just 11 months later, this country lost the man who was well on his way to becoming its most courageous, charismatic, and visionary civil rights leader since MLK. For many years, The Times of Harvey Milk (which won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1984) has been our family's favorite movie, and I thought I already knew Harvey's story so well that there was nothing new to be learned by reading this book. I was very wrong. This book is not just the story of a movement and its unlikely hero, a man who was as good as his word and crusaded for the rights of ALL people: gays, straights, seniors, the disabled, and ethnic minorities. It provides a detailed and compelling overview of San Francisco politics and history (I had no idea of the significance of District elections vs citywide elections) as well as the edge-of-your-seat courtroom drama surrounding one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice our country has ever seen (in which the prosecutor never once mentioned the word "assassination," much less introduced a motive or any evidence of malice, a necessary element for any murder conviction). Harvey, we hardly knew ye; we could certainly use your help in the battles to come. Grade: A+
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Mayor of Castro Street again? Why?
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!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Difficult to believe what was really going on only some 30 odd years ago. Puts changes into perspective.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Milk is central to the narrative and I was swept along by his intentions and actions.
Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favourite?
None, it's a biography and it's read as such.
Any additional comments?
Compelling and sometimes unbelievable tale of persecution and discrimination in modern America.