And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

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Macmillan, Nov 27, 2007 - History - 656 pages
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Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

 

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Such excellent research, and very well written. - Goodreads
Dynamic story telling. - Goodreads
The writing is excellent. - Goodreads
Perhaps the most well researched book I have ever read. - Goodreads
Written with great passion and a fair bit of insight. - Goodreads
It was disturbing and educational on so many leve - 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

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

User Review  - Clare - Goodreads

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

Contents

PART I BEHOLD A PALE HORSE
1
PART II BEFORE1980
9
PART III PAVING THE ROAD1981
51
PART IV THE GATHERING DARKNESS1982
113
PART V BATTLE LINESJANUARYJUNE 1983
217
PART VI RITUALSJULYDECEMBER 1983
337
PART VII LIGHTS TUNNELS1984
403
PART VIII THE BUTCHERS BILL1985
505
PART IX EPILOGUEAFTER
583
NOTES ON SOURCES
607
INDEX
615
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

RANDY SHILTS was one of the first journalists to recognize AIDS as an important national issue and, in the early 1980s, he began to report on AIDS full time for the San Francisco Chronicle, making him the only journalist to do so. He was also the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and Conduct Unbecoming: Gay and Lesbians in the U.S. Military. Shilts died of AIDS-related complications in early 1994.

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