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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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. Panem furthermore believes Shilts gives appropriate weight to the issue of homophobia hampering attention on the disease, but remarks that even if AIDS had struck a more socially acceptable group of people, similar delays and confusion would have slowed medical progress.

It is heartbreaking how many gay men, as well as others, were allowed to die because of a fear of the word “homosexual”. I highly recommend reading David Quammen’s Spillover.

A great and compelling book, but somehow, even in Reagan’s America, it’s hard to go along with the conspiracy theorists who make out that the government was merrily fiddling away while Rome burned.

For that, it wasn’t an easy book to read. There are lessons to be learned.

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

We have a very strong interest in stopping AIDS before te spreads outside the risk groups, before it becomes an overwhelming problem. Shilts fills in those gaps for everyone like me. A monumental comedy of errors that could so easily have been prevented.

Many other stories ring false and have doubtless been spun somehow, after all this book has a message and the author is the man with a hammer.

But Shilts did not have a problem. However, in reference to Africa, Shilts noted, “At this point it’s inconceivable that there will be an AIDS-free world in Central Africa, as we’re looking at a death rate poayed the scale of the Holocaust.


Gay and Lesbians in the U. This book should be required reading for anyone entering any sort of health care profession or who might be a health care consumer some playee. Anthony Clare in The Times stated in a review, ” And the Band Played On is a formidable chronicle of wasted time, petty intrigue, bigoted posturing, blind faith and suffering”, before warning the United Kingdom their response to AIDS was drawing too close a parallel to the United States’.

Gay activists considered calls for safe sex to be homophobic slurs, scientists were uncooperative and only interested in earning the Nobel Prize, and blood shiltz were only concerned with the bottom line, refusing to admit that their supplies were contaminated.

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

It’s so very compelling. Men are dying and we in the press cough politely and draw curtains of discretion across the truth. Midway through the book p. Though many of the details in the book are familiar to veteran reporters, Shilts does not shy away from naming names thee casting blame. I picked it up December 2, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Nobody lifted a finger or spent a penny in those early days, because those who were afflicted were either gay or IV drug users.

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I actually picked it up every so often but never managed to read more than the first couple of pages. And now, some thirty years later, when the cure is at our fingertips, few still remember, after the benefit concerts, that some thirty million are dead, and this is by all standards, a pandemic.

Retrieved from ” https: The subject matter of the book is so upsetting that I took a year long break in the middle of the book before finishing it recently.

If you’re seeking a comprehensive history of the AIDS epidemic, look shilst further. I knew they were being ignored. This book changed my life. 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.


At the end of various sections, Shilts will often recount the number of AIDS cases and the number of mortalities at that moment in time. Lists with This Book. We have teams around the world whose job it is to quickly isolate and stop infectious diseases before they can become epidemics.

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

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 how to care for them than they did, cared for by each other and, slowly, by medical personnel who knew they might be risking their own lives.

The ‘s are plahed 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. Mar 13, Mark rated it it was ok. Dispatched from the UK in 10 business days When will my order arrive? Goodreads helps you keep track baand books you want to read.

As the book progresses in its mesmerizing, chronological randj, jumping from place to place, alternating perso This is a life-changing book.

Aug 02, Laini rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.