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Secrets about Harvey Milk's life and murder revealed by new Double Play book and DVD

San Francisco, Calif. - 22 September, 2010 - "What really made Dan White assassinate San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone?" asks reporter Mike Weiss. "You might think you know, but the real truth will surprise you."

Many secrets about Harvey Milk's life and murder not available from any other source are revealed in Weiss' updated edition of Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, available with a companion DVD on December 1, 2010.

Here are just three of many surprises:

  1. Milk's belt buckle impressed his killer Dan White. Every day at City Hall, Milk wore the buckle he earned as a deep-sea diver in the U.S. Navy. White was impressed with the pride Milk took in his military service.
  2. Milk betrayed White. Milk fooled White into thinking he supported White's only important legislation, but then at the last minute defeated it.
  3. Milk plotted against White. White overheard Milk phone the city attorney to block White's reappointment as supervisor.
In addition to providing more insights than any other source on the relationship between Harvey Milk and his assassin Dan White, this new edition of Double Play also includes the first detailed account of White's suicide and the reasons for it. The book features exclusive information about the first year Harvey Milk spent in California with his lover Scott Smith, more stories than any other source about Milk's political activities as supervisor, and details unavailable elsewhere about Milk's last day.

Dozens of previously unpublished photos and illustrations in Double Play include the coroner's diagram of the Milk murder scene and a police sketch of his body.

In addition, the Double Play book is packaged with a 2-hour DVD that features Dianne Feinstein telling how she found Milk's body, and White's gut-wrenching confession to the murders.

"The controversial nature of this book lies not only in the subject matter but also in Weiss' decision to delve into the real story behind the killings-the nasty mass of innuendo and sordid truth," wrote Francis J. Moriarty in the San Diego Union. "Double Play will stand as our record, not only of what happened, but why."

Who Is Mike Weiss?
Edgar Award-winner Mike Weiss covered the trial of Dan White and the White Night riots for Time magazine, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the nonfiction books Living Together and A Very Good Year: The Journey of a California Wine from Vine to Table, as well as the acclaimed Ben Henry series of mystery novels. Mr. Weiss was raised in New York City, educated at Knox College and Johns Hopkins University, and worked for many years as a reporter in San Francisco.

Who Was Harvey Milk?
Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was named "one of the 100 most important people of the Twentieth Century" by Time magazine. When Milk was elected a supervisor of the City and County of San Francisco, he became the first openly gay person elected to office in California. In spite of death threats, he supported a wide range of human rights, environmental, labor, and free speech issues across North America. Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated in 1978.

Since then, Milk's life and work have inspired millions of people around the world. Milk was portrayed by Sean Penn in the Academy Award-winning film Milk, and by Peter Coyote in Execution of Justice. Milk's life has also been the subject of books, a grand opera, plays, and the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. In 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. A plaque before Milk's San Francisco residence states: "His life is an inspiration to all people committed to equal opportunity and an end to bigotry."

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80 photographs, 10 illustrations, 2-hourDVD; 496 pages. Trade hardcover edition publication date December 1, 2010, $39.95 U.S./$43.95 Canada, Hardcover ISBN 978-0-9825650-5-6

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