SOURCE: Vince Emery Productions

New Double Play book reveals secrets about Harvey Milk¿s life and murder

September 22, 2010 11:43 ET

Secrets About Harvey Milk's Life and Murder Revealed by New "Double Play" Book and DVD

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 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 November 29, 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Dozens of previously unpublished photos and illustrations in "Double Play" include the coroner's diagram of the Milk murder scene and a police sketch of his body.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, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the nonfiction books "Living Together" and "A Very Good Year," as well as the acclaimed Ben Henry mystery novels. Weiss was raised in New York City and worked 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. A San Francisco supervisor, Milk was the first openly gay person elected to office in California. In spite of death threats, he supported several human rights, labor, environmental, and free speech initiatives. Milk's life has inspired millions of people. He was portrayed by Sean Penn in the movie "Milk," and by Peter Coyote in "Execution of Justice," and has been the subject of books, plays, an opera, and the documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk." President Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

"Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk" by Mike Weiss.

Clothbound hardcover; 496 pages; 80 photographs, 10 illustrations, 2-hour DVD.
$39.95 U.S./$43.95 Canada; ISBN 978-0-9825650-5-6
Publisher: Vince Emery Productions, www.emerybooks.com

For review copies, please contact Peter Handel at (510) 528-0946 or plhandel@pacbell.net.

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