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    DescriptionBy the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In answering these questions, Shilts weaves weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments. Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nation's welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives. Against this backdrop, Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics, public health and the gay community, who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced. "And the Band Played On "is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly.

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    And the Band Played On
    Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Randy Shilts
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 656
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 780 g
    ISBN 13: 9780285640191
    ISBN 10: 0285640194

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: HEA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.1T
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPN
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, JP, JKS, MJCJ2
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    DC22: 362.1969792
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/AIDS
    BISAC V2.8: SOC058000, MED035000, HEA039020
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 3JJPN
    DC23: 362.196979200973
    Thema V1.0: JP, JKS, NHK, MJCJ2
    Souvenir Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Souvenir Press Ltd
    Publication date
    03 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "A heroic work of journalism on what must rank as one of the foremost catastrophes of modern history."--"The New York Times" "Stunning . . . An impressively researched and richly detailed narrative."--"Time" "Rivals in power and intensity, and in the brilliance of its reporting and writing, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood."--"The Boston Globe" "A monumental history."--"The Washington Post Book World" "The most thorough, comprehensive exploration of the AIDS epidemic to date . . . It is fascinating, frightening, and essential reading."--"San Francisco Sentinel" "A textbook on how institutions work--or fail to work--in the face of such a threat."--"San Francisco Examiner" "A lucid and stunning indictment of public policy toward the vicious disease . . . A valuable work of political history."--"Business Week" "Shilts successfully weaves comprehensive investigative reporting and commercial page-turning pacing, political intrigue, and personal tragedy into a landma