Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death

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Yale University Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Lillian Faderman is a distinguished scholar of LGBT and ethnic history and literature. She is the author of The Gay Revolution.
"Faderman has a gloriously fanatical commitment to illuminating and commemorating her subjects. . . . Any revolutionary would be lucky to stand in a light so steady, so searching, and so sure."--Kenji Yoshino, New York Times Book Review, on The Gay Revolution
"Faderman's narrative mixes the personal and the political with great skill; subtly displaying how at a fundamental level, fighting for collective political rights is really just a human yearning for personal happiness, which usually has its roots in compassion."--JP O'Malley, Irish Sunday Independent
"Lillian Faderman has particularly interesting things to say about three themes: Milk's Jewish background, his populist politics, and his death."--Alan David, Jewish Chronicle
"Thanks to Lillian Faderman we know also know about Harvey the secular Jew, who renounced his faith but remained influenced and inspired by liberal Jewish values."--Peter Tatchell, Spectator
"A multifaceted portrait of a complicated man."--John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"Faderman does a fantastic job at reanimating a story that reminds us that people can be truly tolerant--with the exception of the few--and that, with will (not money), anyone can effect change. Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"A stirring account. . . . Faderman succeeds in painting a multifaceted portrait of a complicated man, in less than 300 pages. Milk was a famously exuberant, theatrical figure, but anyone relating his story needn't be as effusive as he was: Faderman elicits the drama of his life dispassionately, and with understatement."--John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"This elegantly written and well-researched book recovers the Jewishness that has too often been erased or glossed over in the mythologizing of a gay icon."--Helene Meyers, Tablet
"A hopeful, moving, and uplifting read."--Times of Israel
"The theme that comes through most prominently is Milk's unflinching courage and forward thinking resolution. I found myself frequently writing in the margin of my copy: 'So ahead of his time.'"--Peter Marino, Gay and Lesbian Review
"This book might be particularly useful for inclusion in the Common Core. . . . While the murders are the dreaded climax of any story about Milk, Faderman has done some interesting examinations of Milk's legacy, and she speculates about what might have happened had he lived beyond a year into his term."--Peter Marino, Gay and Lesbian Review
"A brilliant rumination on the revolutionary political journey of Harvey Milk."--The Nation
Most Valuable Biography, The Nation's Progressive Honor Roll 2018
Finalist in the 2018 National Jewish Book Award, biography category

Selected as one of the Top Ten Titles for the 2018 Over the Rainbow Booklist, sponsored by the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association

Finalist in the 2019 Lammys Awards, Gay Memoir/Biography category
Finalist for the 2019 Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, sponsored by the Publishing Triangle
"Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Lillian Faderman's Harvey Milk is a revelation. This insightful work provides context to Milk's life as a gay icon and illuminates how his experience was deeply informed by his own Jewish identity."--Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise: My Life in the Movement