The mayor of Castro Street

the life & times of Harvey Milk

388 pages

English language

Published Sept. 28, 1988 by St. Martin's Press.

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The Mayor of Castro Street is a 1982 biography of Harvey Milk, written by Randy Shilts.

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I picked this up because it fits into my interest in politics as well as my interest in SF history. I expected it to be primarily about Harvey Milk, but it really doubles as a history of the city during the seventies, and touches on modern-seeming topics including gentrification, rent control, activism v. power, etc. Well worth a read even if you're not particularly interested in gay rights or Milk himself (though you'll find that part interesting as well).


  • Milk, Harvey
  • Gay liberation movement -- California -- San Francisco
  • Politicians -- California -- San Francisco -- Biography
  • San Francisco (Calif.) -- Politics and government
  • San Francisco (Calif.) -- Biography