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The Mayor of Castro Street (a slightly disjointed review)

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts is more than just a biography of Harvey Milk. It is an ambitious attempt to provide an in-depth look at both San Francisco politics and the gay rights movement in the 1970's.

Shilts neither idolizes Milk nor glosses over his flaws and the result is a seemingly honest portrayal of a man who could be just as frustrating as he was inspiring.

My one (small) criticism is that Shilts, at times, seemed too determined to squeeze everyone of importance in. It is incredibly hard to sum up a man, a movement, and a city's political history and structure in just over 300 pages and it occasionally felt like Shilts had bitten off a bit more than he could chew.

This is an important book. With Proposition 8 less than a year behind the United States, it is vital to gain an understanding of the past. Understanding the past and how hard people have had to fight for their rights is the best way to ensure that history does not repeat itself.

4/5 stars.
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