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

by Randy Shilts
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ISBN-10:
0312009941
ISBN-13:
9780312009946
Pub. Date:
01/28/1987
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th Anniversary Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 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
As an RN, I cannot oversell the importance of this book in understanding how politics, money, & media can affect the health of Americans. As someone who grew up during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, & came of age in its second, I appreciate the deeper understanding of the true context for the messages I received through my youth.
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.
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
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.
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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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Easy to read and very detailed. A must read for anyone who works in the healthcare industry.
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