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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I didn’t finish this. Every single voice is woven with the others into the story. Things would become far less polite later. I recall dandy so incensed at the failure of common decency across every part of the ‘establishment’ spectrum that I think I can trace much of my continuing skepticism of our political process directly to Randy’s work.

This book should be required reading for anyone entering any sort of health care profession or who might be a health care consumer some day. Pharmaceutical companies kept to the years-long proving process for playyed which might buy years of life for sufferers, including seeking out pools of subjects who could get placebos, when in the case rzndy this disease the receipt of the placebo was certain death, instead of the possibility of a few more years with an experimental drug.

It’s a chronological account, and as the numbers get higher it’s more and more difficult to believe that so little was being done. Around the same time gay men were getting sick in the United States, doctors in Paris were receiving patients who were African or who had lived in Africa with the same symptoms as the Americans. I actually think this book should be required reading at college level for any political science class that is examining the flaws of what our system can become.


More than law enforcement agents, and 1, Food and Drug Administration employees worked on the case.

How the gay men of San Francisco didn’t want to close the bathhouses. View all 10 comments. Shilts is certainly entitled to those judgements, but his failure to address the politics of his own conservative position somewhat undermines the book’s “definitive” status to say nothing of the scant attention he affords to the effects of AIDS on “the underclass”.

So if you don’t have time or want to read the book, you can watch the movie.

He was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: Open Preview See a Problem? Along those lines, people don’t care about 20, dead, but they might care about one dying person. If you want to be infuriated as fuck and saddened to your core, read this book. God creates the world, then he creates Abraham, Abraham begets Isaac, Isaac begets Jacob, and so on and so on. I was in my 20’s and came across this book at a garage sale.

The real truth is far too many people are suffering and this country has had a long and proud history of standing up, whatever the cause of human suffering is, to make it better. 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.

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

Was it about how gay culture in America was altered by the epidemic? The gay plague got covered only because it finally had struck people who counted, people who were not homosexuals.

In the Ghost Map, a book about cholera, the scope was “how is this disease caused” and the span of time covered its outbreak. In Playecseven people died after ingesting cyanide -laced Tylenol capsules. It MADE me a feminist. And despite its length, medical terminology and multitude of “characters,” it is never confusing or boring.


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

This is really good. And The Band Played on: Shilts died from complications of AIDS in shilys, age Traveling on his airline-employee privileges, he spread it here from coast to coast.

And the Band Played On is both a tribute to these heroic qnd and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly. Jun 09, Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing Shelves: It should have concluded with the current numbers of victims in Africa, and how education and gandy change altered the patterns of contagion in America. In addition to the pain and suffering that the patients go through, this epidemic was a nightmare from any other point of view: 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.

I mean, who cares after the 10th generation? Gay and Lesbians in the U. Tremendously thorough, very engaging, heartbreaking and furious.

And The Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic – Randy Shilts – Google Books

The result was a delay of years in funding, education and prevention, causing thousands of more deaths. He uses all the interviews and research that he did as a journalist for the SF Chronicle who covered the epidemic full time for years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For many of us, this epidemic started in our lifetime. Geiger also expressed doubts that a swifter response by the government would have stemmed the spread of AIDS as quickly as Shilts was implying.

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