The Mayor of Castro Street

  • by Randy Shilts
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Known as The Mayor of Castro Street even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.
Harvey Milk has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including the Academy Award-winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk. His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture Milk, starring Sean Penn.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Randy Shilts' book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview - where James Atlas interviews Larry Kramer about the life and work of Randy Shilts - begins as soon as the audiobook ends.

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What the Critics Say

"A no-holds-barred character study and a history of the local gay movement....An investigative piece on the mechanics of big-city government in all its expedient, back-biting splendor." (The Washington Post)
"A remarkable work [of] biography, social history, and political machination... Exceptional." (The Los Angeles Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Compelling narrative

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.

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- Vicuña

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios