And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic / Edition 1

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic / Edition 1

4.6 40
by Randy Shilts
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312241356

ISBN-13: 9780312241353

Pub. Date: 01/28/1988

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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

Overview

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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312241353
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1988
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.21(h) x 1.72(d)

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

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th Anniversary Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 40 reviews.
mockturtle More than 1 year ago
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.
JonnyD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible look back at a frightening and frustrating time. Check out the documentary "How to Survive a Plague" - inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was young during this time period and it gives an interesting perspective and allot more background to the AIDS epidemic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and very detailed. A must read for anyone who works in the healthcare industry.
Drewda More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. I read it years ago and it has stuck with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago