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And yes, for my conservative friends there may be a bit of a ‘liberal’ perspective. Selected pages Title Page. This is a masterful work of journalism. That is what I kept going through my head as I was reading this book. In this novel, some people died, and others bickered about funding.

On a civic level, the closure of gay bathhouses in San Francisco became a bitter political fight in the gay community.

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Exacting reporting of detail upon detail. Aug 24, Jennifer rated it it was amazing.

I can’t take it any more. The power of this book is in the relevance that it still has 25 years later. Paperbackpages.

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

Here we are, in October ofwatching the Ebola crisis finally hitting the U. This book had been sitting on my shelves for years before I finally read it.

And then the liver spots on the back of your hand start to look like KS. In San Francisco, particularly in the Castro District, gay community activists such as Bill Kraus and Cleve Jones found a new direction in gay rights when so many men came down with strange illnesses in Shilts has produced the best—and what will likely be the most controversial—book yet on AIDS.


Thanks for posting this. If feels too similar to the debates we have been having about the environment and global warming. Everyone responded with an ordinary pace to an extraordinary situation. Shilt’s book illustrates how small groups of researchers and concerned gay men, not only had a bsnd virus to contend with, but also had to fight with numerous political, financial and career interests in order to get preventative measures and medical treatment underway.

One Reporter’s Account of the Nation’s Response. Oct 31, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve hated Ronald Reagan as long as I could remember. Because the individuals initially infected were mostly gay or drug users, the public was extremely apathetic. Especially crises that are most devastating to vulnerable banv i.

Also it’s often a lot to This book is really important, considering: The Cassandras, dismissed, reviled and hushed at the time, are sadly proven right. I mean, who cares after the 10th generation?

Howard Markel, in the American Journal of Public Healthnotes Shilts’ tendency to assign blame, writing “A requirement of the journalist, and certainly the historian, however, is to explain human society rather than to point fingers”.

The attitude of all parts of our society to gay people was and still is controversial and delicate, while there were exceptions, most referred to them as following: I think everyone should read this book.

You’ll have it too. No trivia or quizzes yet. Soon I was fighting with myself whether to take this book with me on my way out or the novel I was “actually reading” come on, everybody does this, right? I wish it hadn’t had to. There is a global lesson learned, and I hope every person has a chance to read this beautiful and required polemic on pandemic disease in the modern world.

Jul 12, Kater Cheek rated it it was ok.


Perhaps now the only criticism although few could have foreseen it at time of publication is the focus on Gaeten Dugas, or ‘Patient Zero’. The left wing political movements were are less opposed to the gay movement, but do not want to be associated with it politically, as this may harm their chances of being elected.

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The Reagan administration that practically ignored the subject. Protect a name, a family, a reputation. The colleague switched the samples, Shilts reported, because of a grudge he had against the Pasteur Institute. But Schiltz left some crucial things out. However this was a very difficult reading experience. Randy Shilts, in his thorough investigative report, highlights the many blunders along the way, blunders that are unbelievable in retrospect.

The film was released the same year as Philadelphiaand the play Angels in America: And the Band Played On: To Shilts, awareness only began to change following the death of Rock Hudson. When they were told that it was bloodborne and there was a abd for it, the American Red Cross didn’t want to run the test because it cut into their profits.

I bought this book the week it came out, and it changed my view of everything. Writing this review is not easy due to the intensiveness of the subject and the book.

Traveling on his airline-employee privileges, he spread it here from coast to coast. This was, sadly, a perfect book to read given the recent administration’s demonstrated negligence and ineffectiveness in dealing with large-scale crises. He was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: