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

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

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By (author) Randy Shilts

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  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 40mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0285640194
  • ISBN 13: 9780285640191
  • Sales rank: 282,925

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By 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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"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