And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

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by Randy Shilts
     
 

By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In… See more details below

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By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In answering these questions, Shilts weaves weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments.

Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nation's welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives. Against this backdrop, Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics, public health and the gay community, who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced. And the Band Played On is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly.

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ISBN-13:
9780285640191
Publisher:
Souvenir Press
Publication date:
11/28/2011

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Dramatis Personaexiii
The Bureaucracyxvii
Prologuexxi
Part I.Behold, A Pale Horse
1.The Feast of the Hearts3
Part II.Before/1980
2.Glory Days11
3.Beaches of the Dispossessed25
4.Foreshadowing34
5.Freeze Frames42
Part III.Paving the Road/1981
6.Critical Mass53
7.Good Intentions61
8.The Prettiest One70
9.Ambush Poppers80
10.Golf Courses of Science93
11.Bad Moon Rising102
Part IV.The Gathering Darkness/1982
12.Enemy Time115
13.Patient Zero128
14.Bicentennial Memories141
15.Nightsweats149
16.Too Much Blood160
17.Entropy169
18.Running on Empty178
19.Forced Feeding185
20.Dirty Secrets196
21.Dancing in the Dark204
Part V.Battle Lines/January-June 1983
22.Let It Bleed219
23.Midnight Confessions227
24.Denial234
25.Anger242
26.The Big Enchilada253
27.Turning Points263
28.Only the Good278
29.Priorities288
30.Meanwhile299
31.AIDSpeak Spoken Here314
32.Star Quality324
Part VI.Rituals/July-December 1983
33.Marathons339
34.Just Another Day349
35.Politics359
36.Science366
37.Public Health374
38.Journalism384
39.People394
Part VII.Lights & Tunnels/1984
40.Prisoners405
41.Bargaining413
42.The Feast of the Hearts, Part II423
43.Squeeze Play429
44.Traitors440
45.Political Science450
46.Downbound Train457
47.Republicans and Democrats466
48.Embarrassed477
49.Depression486
50.The War495
Part VIII.The Butcher's Bill/1985
51.Heterosexuals507
52.Exiles517
53Reckoning528
54.Exposed539
55.Awakening548
56.Acceptance561
57.Endgame572
Part IX.Epilogue/After
58.Reunion585
59.The Feast of the Hearts, Part III602
Notes on Sources607
Index615

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