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

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Why was AIDS allowed to spread unchecked during the early 1980s while our most trusted institutions ignored of denied the threat? In this brilliant, now classic expose of one of the most important issues of our time, Randy Shilts does nothing less than answer this frightening question. And the Band Played On reveals how the federal government put its budgetary concerns ahead of the nation's welfare, how health authorities placed political expediency before public health, and how some scientists valued ...
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Overview

Why was AIDS allowed to spread unchecked during the early 1980s while our most trusted institutions ignored of denied the threat? In this brilliant, now classic expose of one of the most important issues of our time, Randy Shilts does nothing less than answer this frightening question. And the Band Played On reveals how the federal government put its budgetary concerns ahead of the nation's welfare, how health authorities placed political expediency before public health, and how some scientists valued international prestige more than saving lives. This masterpiece of investigative reporting has become the very foundation for all ongoing debate about the greatest medical crisis of the twentieth century.

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

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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"A heroic work of journalism on what must rank as one of the foremost catastrophes of modern history."—The New York Times

"Stunning . . . An impressively researched and richly detailed narrative."—Time

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

"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

"A textbook on how institutions work—or fail to work—in the face of such a threat."—San Francisco Examiner

"A lucid and stunning indictment of public policy toward the vicious disease . . . A valuable work of political history."—Business Week

"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 popular history of the early years of the AIDS crisis, the book conveys in detail the political complexities—and many different human dimensions—of the story. Reading Shilts, you wonder who will die next. You worry whether this terrible disease can ever be controlled. And you begin to feel anger at what Shilts portrays as the federal government's dithering . . . Shilts has produced the best—and what will likely be the most controversial—book yet on AIDS. Though many of the details in the book are familiar to veteran reporters, Shilts does not shy away from naming names and casting blame. He writes with passionate conviction, which is one of the book's strengths—and also, of course, a sound reason for some skepticism."—Jim Miller, Newsweek

"Shilts, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who has covered AIDS full-time since 1983, takes us almost day by day through the first five years of the unfolding epidemic and the responses—confusion and fear, denial and lindifference, courage and determination. It is at once a history and a passionate indictment."—H. Jack Geiger, The New York Times Book Review

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  • ISBN-13: 9781491581476
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Shilts was born in 1951, in Davenport, Iowa. One of the first openly gay journalists hired at a major newspaper, he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for thirteen years. He died of AIDS in 1994 at his home in the Sonoma County redwoods in California. He was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (1982), And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic (1987), and Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military (1993). He also wrote extensively for many major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, and The Advocate. And the Band Played On was made into a docudrama that was broadcast on HBO in 1993.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Dramatis Personae xiii
The Bureaucracy xvii
Prologue xxi
Part I. Behold, A Pale Horse
1. The Feast of the Hearts 3
Part II. Before/1980
2. Glory Days 11
3. Beaches of the Dispossessed 25
4. Foreshadowing 34
5. Freeze Frames 42
Part III. Paving the Road/1981
6. Critical Mass 53
7. Good Intentions 61
8. The Prettiest One 70
9. Ambush Poppers 80
10. Golf Courses of Science 93
11. Bad Moon Rising 102
Part IV. The Gathering Darkness/1982
12. Enemy Time 115
13. Patient Zero 128
14. Bicentennial Memories 141
15. Nightsweats 149
16. Too Much Blood 160
17. Entropy 169
18. Running on Empty 178
19. Forced Feeding 185
20. Dirty Secrets 196
21. Dancing in the Dark 204
Part V. Battle Lines/January-June 1983
22. Let It Bleed 219
23. Midnight Confessions 227
24. Denial 234
25. Anger 242
26. The Big Enchilada 253
27. Turning Points 263
28. Only the Good 278
29. Priorities 288
30. Meanwhile 299
31. AIDSpeak Spoken Here 314
32. Star Quality 324
Part VI. Rituals/July-December 1983
33. Marathons 339
34. Just Another Day 349
35. Politics 359
36. Science 366
37. Public Health 374
38. Journalism 384
39. People 394
Part VII. Lights & Tunnels/1984
40. Prisoners 405
41. Bargaining 413
42. The Feast of the Hearts, Part II 423
43. Squeeze Play 429
44. Traitors 440
45. Political Science 450
46. Downbound Train 457
47. Republicans and Democrats 466
48. Embarrassed 477
49. Depression 486
50. The War 495
Part VIII. The Butcher's Bill/1985
51. Heterosexuals 507
52. Exiles 517
53 Reckoning 528
54. Exposed 539
55. Awakening 548
56. Acceptance 561
57. Endgame 572
Part IX. Epilogue/After
58. Reunion 585
59. The Feast of the Hearts, Part III 602
Notes on Sources 607
Index 615
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