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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User Review  - gkonopas - LibraryThing

A scathing expose on the inaction of the establishment (medical and governmental) as hundreds then thousands died in the early to mid-1980s. Shilts' book explores of the social and political forces at work during the early years of the AIDS pandemic. Read full review

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User Review  - melissarochelle - LibraryThing

I am furious with the way the Reagan administration FAILED to handle a public health crisis. I hope we, as a nation, have learned our lesson about ignoring problems simply because we have the belief that it only effects "others". AIDS is a human issue. 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
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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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