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

Shilts noted most newspapers would print stories about AIDS only when it affected heterosexuals, sometimes taking particular interest in stories about AIDS in prostitutes.

Men are dying and we in the press cough politely and draw curtains of discretion across the truth. Perhaps now the only criticism although few could have foreseen it at time of publication is the focus on Gaeten Dugas, or ‘Patient Zero’.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The “Patient Zero” theory, plzyed which, one extremely promiscuous man knowingly spread the disease to MANY men in several regions, is touched upon. Gay activists considered calls for safe sex to be homophobic slurs, scientists were uncooperative and only interested in earning the Nobel Prize, and blood banks were only concerned with the bottom line, refusing to admit that their supplies were contaminated.

This book had been sitting on my shelves for years before I finally read it. He ends with the announcement by actor Rock Hudson in bnad he was dying of AIDS, when international attention on the disease exploded. God creates the world, then he creates Abraham, Abraham begets Isaac, Isaac begets Jacob, and so on and so on. This is shilfs great book and should be required reading before graduation.

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Want to Read saving…. This book really reminded me of so many things about the aIDS epidemic that I had forgotten or w This is a great book to read in conjunction with Oshinsky’s Bellevue, which details the history of medicine in general and includes a brief summary of the story told in this book.

Want rany Read Currently Reading Read. On a civic level, the closure of gay bathhouses in San Francisco became a bitter political fight in the gay community. Nobody lifted a finger or spent a penny in those dhilts da History isn’t the best category for me to shelve this title, since the crisis continues, but playyed was the best I could do. The gay community did not want this disease to be considered a “gay” disease. Technology, art, religion, democracy Moss wrote in a letter to the editor of The New York Review of Books”There is very little evidence that Gaetan was ‘patient zero’ for the US or for California,” while also stating that Shilts did not overstress Dugas’ lack of personal responsibility.


Its importance cannot be overstated. If you’re seeking a comprehensive rand of the AIDS epidemic, look no further.

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

He described his motivation to undertake the writing of the book in an shllts after its release, saying, “Any good reporter could have done this story, but I think the reason I did it, and no one else did, is because I am gay. When crafting the required reading for students of American history, And thw Band Played On needs to be added to that list.

Martin’s Press books Stonewall Book Award-winning works. Twenty rajdy later, it still stands as one of the most important books on its topic. Joan Breckenridge in The Globe and Mail gave the book high praise for “an excellent piece of both investigative and political journalism”, tthe for the style of writing, although cautioning that at more than pages casual readers might be overwhelmed.

Trying to figure out why it wasn’t more compelling to me, I had to focus on the 6th word in the title: The worldwide AIDS epidemic is such an important part of American history and as I read each page it felt unnerving to know that it continues today, and on such randu epic scale.

Like so many straight people, I had few contacts in the gay world when the AIDS epidemic began to take hold, and since as I now know, thanks to Shilts almost no major newspapers or media were following the story, it wasn’t until the news broke about Rock Hudson that I began to understand what was happening.

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This book has just about everything I like in a non-fiction. These 3 events made me an unrepentant liberal, willing to fight for anyone being unfairly treated by government or individuals. See 2 questions about And the Band Played On….


Who knew that San Franciscans thought New Yorkers were so closet-y? The story of AIDS deserves better than this. I’ve had conversations with older nurses who remember the uncertain times of the ‘s.

It was a scary time that was made electric for me by Shilts and Larry Kramer. And the politicians who could have created hospices, units in hospitals, and information programs, did nothing. Activists put pressure on the San Francisco Public Health director to educate people about how AIDS is transmitted, and demanded he close bathhouses as a matter of playsd health. And it made me think of friends I’ve lost.

Coming in at just over pages, this book is definitely daunting to pick up. The book chronicles the discovery and spread of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome Dandy with a special emphasis on government indifference and political infighting—specifically in the United States—to what was then perceived as a specifically gay disease.

It was from this unique vantage point that he repeatedly criticized the U. Shilts documents the search for the virus in all its muddled, politicized, under-funded, disregarded insanity, during which gay men died quickly or slowly, without drugs that did more than eased their passing for years, in their homes or in facilities that had no more notion of ho This has to be the most maddening book I’ve ever read, and that includes books on the Vietnam and Second World Wars.

There is a movie based on this book, I watched some of it and it is good. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

While Shilts was writing the book he was tested for HIV but insisted his doctor not tell him the results until the book was finished so it would not affect his journalistic integrity and judgment. Oct 31, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: As the book progresses in its mesmerizing, chronological style, jumping from place to place, alternating personal stories with political and medical intrigue, the moments of frustration and disbelief grow.

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