The gravest show on earth: America in the age of AIDS

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Houghton Mifflin Co., Oct 1, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 399 pages
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Not since And the Band Played On has any journalist taken readers behind the scenes in the war against AIDS to reveal how avarice, ignorance, and egotism are subverting the nation's struggle against the epidemic. Elinor Burkett goes beyond Randy Shilts, reporting on aspects of the plague he did not cover and finding answers to the deeper questions of what AIDS reveals about America on the brink of the millennium. Readers meet the major players - from activist and playwright Larry Kramer to scientist Robert Gallo and MTV star Pedro Zamora - at home, in their laboratories, and at demonstrations. Here are Jonas Salk, world renowned medical researcher, whose carefully timed announcements about his vaccine research have made him the darling of Wall Street; Henry Heimlich, peddling malaria as the magic bullet that will kill HIV; and federally funded scientists who make advertorials for the very drug companies whose products they test. Burkett goes into the street for a political funeral and

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Writing that "AIDS is the most politically controversial epidemic in human history," Burkett, a reporter for the Miami Herald from 1988 to 1992, delivers what might be considered a sequel to Randy ... Read full review


ONE Pomp Without Circumstance
TWO Evidence to the Contrary
THREE Magic Bullets and Bottom Lines

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About the author (1995)

Elinor Burkett has worked as a newspaper reporter, university professor, and magazine writer. A Pulitzer Prize--nominated journalist and the author of eight previous books, she divides her time between the Catskill Mountains of New York and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.