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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th Anniversary Edition

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Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following ...

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Overview

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

This "heroic work of journalism" (New York Times) reveals how the federal govrenment put budget considerations ahead of the nation's welfare.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Shilts successfully weaves comprehensive investigative reporting and commercial page-turning pacing, political intrigue, and personal tragedy into a landmark book . . . Its importance cannot be overstated." -Publishers Weekly

"A monumental history." -The Washington Post Book World

"The most thorough, comprehensive exploration of the AIDS epidemic to date . . . It is fascinating, frightening, and essential reading." -San Francisco Sentinel

"Rivals in power and intensity, and in the brilliance of its reporting and writing, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood."

The Boston Globe

"A heroic work of journalism."

The New York Times

Library Journal
SOC SCI This shocking and illuminating account by the best-selling author of Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military (Audio Reviews, LJ 8/93) remains one of the most important books of the last two decades. Beginning with the alleged ``pa tient zero''--a French Canadian flight at tendant whose coast-to-coast liaisons were pivotal in spreading the AIDS virus throughout the United States--Shilts documents the epidemic's first onslaught, as well as the attendant reactions (or nonreactions) by the media, national health organizations, mainstream America, and the gay community. Although the audiobook was originally released in 1988, a recent HBO original movie based on the book and the success of Conduct Unbecoming should revive interest in it. Actor Willem Dafoe narrates with calm assurance, and Shilts reads a new afterword in which he points out that the band continues to play. Until an unabridged version is available, all libraries should have a copy of this seminal work.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312374631
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 94,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

RANDY SHILTS was one of the first journalists to recognize AIDS as an important national issue and, in the early 1980s, he began to report on AIDS full time for the San Francisco Chronicle, making him the only journalist to do so. He was also the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and Conduct Unbecoming: Gay and Lesbians in the U.S. Military. Shilts died of AIDS-related complications in early 1994.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Dramatis Personae

The Bureaucracy

Prologue

Part I. Behold, A Pale Horse

1. The Feast of the Hearts

Part II. Before/1980

2. Glory Days

3. Beaches of the Dispossessed

4. Foreshadowing

5. Freeze Frames

Part III. Paving the Road/1981

6. Critical Mass

7. Good Intentions

8. The Prettiest One

9. Ambush Poppers

10. Golf Courses of Science

11. Bad Moon Rising

Part IV. The Gathering Darkness/1982

12. Enemy Time

13. Patient Zero

14. Bicentennial Memories

15. Nightsweats

16. Too Much Blood

17. Entropy

18. Running on Empty

19. Forced Feeding

20. Dirty Secrets

21. Dancing in the Dark

Part V. Battle Lines/January—June 1983

22. Let It Bleed

23. Midnight Confessions

24. Denial

25. Anger

26. The Big Enchilada

27. Turning Points

28. Only the Good

29. Priorities

30. Meanwhile

31. AIDSpeak Spoken Here

32. Star Quality

Part VI. Rituals/July—December 1983

33. Marathons

34. Just Another Day

35. Politics

36. Science

37. Public Health

38. Journalism

39. People

Part VII. Lights & Tunnels/1984

40. Prisoners

41. Bargaining

42. The Feast of the Hearts, Part II

43. Squeeze Play

44. Traitors

45. Political Science

46. Downbound Train

47. Republicans and Democrats

48. Embarrassed

49. Depression

50. The War

Part VIII. The Butcher's Bill/1985

51. Heterosexuals

52. Exiles

53. Reckoning

54. Exposed

55. Awakening

56. Acceptance

57. Endgame

Part IX. Epilogue/After

58. Reunion

59. The Feast of the Hearts, Part III

Notes on Sources

Index

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Hard to read, IMPOSSIBLE to put down.

    While I learned more about a the gay lifestyle than I really wanted to know, this taut, fascinating account of the AIDS crisis kept me rapt from start to finish. The author's journalistic skills serve him very well as he traces the chronology of the epidemic through a group of friends and their personal involvement in the crisis, intertwined with the medical and political entities attempting to identify the problem. As the author clearly shows, political conflicts within the gay and medical communities, as well as the denial and inertia of government, resulted in delaying solutions to stem the spread of the virus. Great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

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    Make this Book Required Reading

    Absolutley brilliant chronicling of the first decade of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Demonstrates in no uncertain terms how our society missed the boat by letting early opportunities to curb the spread of HIV. Fascinating look at the social and governmental response, both in the U.S. and around the world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

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    One of the most amazing and educational books I have ever read .

    This is the first book I read by Randy Shilts, but upon completion I immediately read the rest of his books. Randy Shilts is an incredible artist who used his talents to bring to the world the staggering and horrific truth about the AIDS epidemic. While this book focuses on the devastating effect that aids had on the gay and lesbian community, it is a book that is newsworthy even today and relevant for all readers. For people seeking to learn more about the homosexual community, many leaders of the gay community who were lost, leaving the community for decades without leadership, appear in this book. Those people include Cleve Jones to Bill Krause to Larry Kramer. This book contains the most trustworthy accounts of a historic time than any novel I know, which was sourced using journalistic methods. In writing this book, Randy Shilts not only wrote himself into literary history, he became a hero of the gay community.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Good read

    I was young during this time period and it gives an interesting perspective and allot more background to the AIDS epidemic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Win a free ipad

    Kkiss you hand and type this in 3 different books and look under your pillow

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Haven't read it yet, but looks promising.

    I purchased for a later read, based on a suggestion by B & N. I can't review yet, but it looks to be a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    A must read

    An incredible look back at a frightening and frustrating time. Check out the documentary "How to Survive a Plague" - inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Facinating Read

    Easy to read and very detailed. A must read for anyone who works in the healthcare industry.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Best book ever. I read it years ago and it has stuck with me.

    Best book ever. I read it years ago and it has stuck with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Engrossing

    This book is very detailed in its review of the politics and the environment of the
    early 1980's when the first case of AIDS was diagnosed. The politics of that time
    between the CDC, NIH, the state and federal government, and the gay community
    are fascinating and very scary. However, reading this book, one can draw
    comparable scenarios in the health care environment that continue to this day.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Never Wanted to Read It...But WOW!

    Boy was I impressed. This epic chronology of the AIDS epidemic covers it all. How air travel helped spread AIDS from coast to coast among gay men in America. How sexual practices in vogue left U.S. gay males vulnerable. The role of Africa. The politics, homophobia, and institutional inaction. The impact of Rock Hudson. The differences in how New York City and San Francisco responded. The exponential spread of the epidemic. How gays started fighting back. The chilling delays for action in the blood bank industry. The rush to isolate the cause, which started petty turf wars between universities, science institutes, and between the U.S. and France. The battle for funds which were always too little too late. Details we either never knew or completely forgot about how this all unfolded.
    Some of the heroes are the scientists and doctors; some of the villains are the bureaucrats of the Reagan administration and of the state and local governments. As with his other books, there is plenty of blame and bravery to go around.
    Shilts was a journalist with a great technique for writing page-turner history. Even with all of our hindsight, it keeps us curious about who knew what when. Turns out I could barely put it down.
    Highly recommended as a modern history of our time for all adults who witnessed it or who were born later. A fantastic cast of real characters whose lives forever changed as did ours. Covers mostly 1976 to 1986.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    Fantastic!

    The bible!. Randy covers the first six years of the epidemic in extreme detail as it actually happend.My kind of book.He exaustively cronicles each event in every location.I had a very difficult time putting it down.It is a great loss that he is no longer with us.I deffinately recomend this book to anyone who's interested in this hightly controversial time in our history.Clearly the greatest plague in modern history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    an eye-opener

    First off, I must confess that I have not yet read the book but I have seen the HBO movie and understand it is very true to the book. If this is true, I am aprehensive to read it. This story about the epidemic of the AIDS virus has truly opened my eyes. The two things that made me the most fustrated was the Regan administration and the additude of Dr. Robert Gallo, who's goals seemed to lean more towards getting the credit for finding this disease than it should have about the cause of it and how it can be prevented. Also the bloodbank's unwillingness to scan blood for this disease which also contributed largely to the death toll. I cannot wait to read the book and I'm sure it will be amazing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    A wake up call for my generation

    This book was amazing, frightening and liberating. A true wake up call for me and countless others on what actually happened in the beginning of AIDS. For those of us too young to remember the beginning of AIDS, this book shows us the importance of respect, humanity and fighting for the cause. I have read it and then read it again and I keep turning each page like it is my first time. Randy Shilts showed the struggle people went through just to live through this, all the time knowing they wouldnt. He also shows how people were so fearful of anything associated with the word gay, they let innocent people die. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants the truth and wants to be profoundly moved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    Absolutely amazing

    this book is an essential read for anyone interested in any facet of the AIDS epidemic. it covers the disease medically, politically, and gives personal accounts of the bravery of its victims. highly recomended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2000

    Fabulous Histor regarding the AIDS epidemic

    This is a great book for anyone that wants to read about AIDS, how it was found, and what society did and did not do to cure the pandemic. The author chronicles the lives of AIDS patients, doctors, CDC staff members, and government offials and their roles in dealing with this 'Gay disease.' It is very factual and gives accounts of the numbers diagnosed, and dying with the disease as the years progressed from its first diagnoses onward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2000

    Such an Important Book!!!

    If I could give it more than five I would. It is seriously the most detailed history of any time in place I have ever read. It is not only rich with information, but very touching and eye-opening. Learn about how stupid people can be and how politics killed thousands, no millions, unnessacarily. Also learn how endearing humans are and how a community came together which is no meager glory. ~Scarlett~

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