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 forty-eight made him the most famous gay man in modern history; twenty years later Time magazine included him on its list of the hundred most influential individuals of the twentieth 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.
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by Lillian Faderman
by Lillian De La Torre
by Michael Rowe
by T.J. Muir
by J.J. McAvoy
by Ethan Mordden
by Karen Rose
"Historian Lillian Faderman's biography of San Francisco's first out and proud gay elected official follows Milk from his ancestry through his assassination. The biography offers well-crafted stories, documentary snippets from letters and news accounts, and contextual explanations of changing culture that are woven seamlessly into the whole. Narrator Joel Froomkin does a stellar job channeling Milk's many moods and tones. From oratory to reflective self-examination, Froomkin captures Milk's capacity to overreach with some attempts at wit and to communicate sincere support of all marginalized people in his adopted city. In spite of some mispronunciations, the high quality of the writing and Froomkin's overall presentation offer revelatory listening. F.M.R.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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