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And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic [Randy Shilts] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic is a book by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts. The book chronicles the. By the time Rock Hudson’s death in alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of.

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You might be going to see Milk soon and would like to read of some of what happened after him in SF politics.

Was it about the disease itself? If feels too similar to the debates we have been having about the environment and global warming.

In the early part of the book, the numbers are in the single and then double digits. Infuriating, well-written, and tragically still timely. Mar 18, Neville Longbottom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Randy Shilts, in his thorough investigative report, highlights the many blunders along the way, blunders that are unbelievable in retrospect.

It took the diagnosis and death of Rock Hudson and the voice of Elizabeth Taylor, to push things into something resembling proper priority, five years after those first young men went to the doctor saying “I don’t feel well. That, and playsd monumental investigative effort, would have made this a best-selling novel—if the contents weren’t so horribly true.

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

Playef it made me think of friends I’ve lost. I actually picked it up every so often but never managed to read more than the first couple of pages. And the politicians who could have created hospices, units in hospitals, and information programs, did nothing.

Since it was about a period and a subject I knew little about but was curious to learn more, I got a copy.

Trivia About And the Band Play This Is Public He I mean, who cares after the 10th generation? Several years ago I saw this book laying amongst a pile of discarded books in the dusty hallway of a college. I recommend this for people who like politics more than science, and anyone who wants a well-rounded understanding of American history. Despite the fact that more people were dying from AIDs and it was spreading much more quickly, many medical professionals refused to acknowledge it, the ;layed would not anr about gay sex, and some people even outright suggested it was the wrath of god, punishing gay men for immoral behaviour.


The Cassandras, dismissed, reviled and hushed at the time, are sadly proven right. Although Sandra Panem in the journal Science praised Shilts’ efforts and the attention the book brought to AIDS, she criticized his simplistic interpretation of science and the ways research is fostered and accomplished in the U.

It was a complete travesty how long it took this country to come to action against AIDS. The story is, of course, tragic, but the various accounts ring false like the stories that actors tell. How the blood banks didn’t want to institute tests because of expenses. Sep 25, Lisa Gallagher rated it it was amazing Shelves: But then, it just never was the right time. And The Band Played on: It would be problematical to calculate how many San Franciscans would be infected with a deadly microbe and ultimately die because of political loyalty.

Doctors, blood banks, and drug companies vied to make money as gays, drug users, and recipients of blood transfusions who got blood while blood banks argued against testing blood for the disease because it was expensive died. The ‘s are often generalized as a supremely bleak era in American history; books like this serve as much as a reminder of why as a horrific warning to future generations. Exacting reporting of detail upon detail. The aphorism among those who try to gain money for non profits is that no one cares about a thousand starving people in Africa, but they will care about one starving child.

Views Read Edit View history. The Best Books of The main problem I had with this book is that there were too many names to keep track of.

Good articles Pages to import images to Wikidata. In this novel, some people died, and others bickered about funding. Women tend to favor more candor in reports on rape, AIDS and the private lives of politicians. All I remember is one man telling me, ” when I came here tonight I thought that Freddie Mercury deserved to die, when I left, I recognize he engaged in reckless behavior which led to his death, but that his death was not a punishment for his behavior.


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

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Shilts interweaves the tales of politics with those of people, the people suffering and dying from AIDS.

I’ve read a few books with darker subject matter, but all books had one thing in common: A nurse walking with them hurriedly put down a few plastic bags containing all the young man’s possessions. But my goodness how things changed when the first heterosexual case was diagnosed!

An impressively researched and richly detailed narrative. We don’t ask why the Department of Defense and the entitlements like Social Security are getting all the money when the homosexuals and the IV drug abusers with AIDS and the multiple sclerosis patients are not. The discovery of AIDS in the nation’s blood supply and subsequent lack of response by blood bank leadership occurred as early as[24] yet it was not untilwhen AIDS antibody testing was approved by the Food and Drug Administration FDAthat blood bank industry leaders acknowledged that HIV could be transmitted through blood transfusions.

Due to the transmission methods sodomy, IV drugs, etc. I don’t think it’s possible to read this and not feel, in some way, scarred by the failures Shilts points out, and how those resonate with the broader failures that our country has witnessed in the subsequent 27 years since this was first published.

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This book had been sitting on my shelves for years before I finally read it. Trying to convince your wife that bznd Haitian. You’ll have it too.