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

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Penguin Books, 1987 - History - 640 pages
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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 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.

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Perhaps the most well researched book I have ever read. - Goodreads
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After reading this book, I was surprised to see it received such rave reviews. The topic is inherently interesting, and I went in with high hopes for a compelling read. Unfortunately, I found it very ... Read full review

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This is a challenging book to review. It's dense, meticulous and filled to the brim with people involved in the AIDS epidemic. The hierarchy of government health organizations can be confusing, and ... Read full review



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About the author (1987)

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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