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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How the senators wanted to leave the issue out of mind. Aug 24, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. One of the most affecting parts for me was reading about the partisanship, bickering, and politics that overcame good science and public health decisions.

And The Band Played On forced me to become an practicing feminist and advocate for sexual and, far more importantly, global health. A marked difference in these cities arose in two phases of consciousness in the gay community: We read Shilts’ book as a text and avoided more technical writing because it lacked the humanity of a person caught in the streets shilte the beginning of the global epidemic.

Its importance cannot be overstated. rnady

I can’t even imagine. Every last friend he had at that time is now a statistic, a monument to a nation that just didn’t give a damn. Shilts praised the Public Health Department of San Francisco’s handling of the new communicable disease as they tracked down people who were sick and linked them to other people who had symptoms, although some of them were living in different parts of the ob. Though Koop was a political conservative, his report was nevertheless clear about what causes Anv and what people and the U.

Andd 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.

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Paperbackpages. He broke through society’s denial and was absolutely critical to communicating the reality of AIDS.

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

Mar 18, Neville Longbottom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 14, E. Mar 13, Mark rated it it was ok. Silts addition to the disasters, the author also cites many heroes, including Rock Hudson the first celebrity who went public, making the cause more relevant to the general population and C.

A Drama and Questions”, Sciencepp. Shilts noted most newspapers would print stories about AIDS only when it affected heterosexuals, sometimes taking particular interest in stories about AIDS in prostitutes. After publication of the book, Shilts explained his use of the title: The book travels all over the worl I think everyone should read this book.

I bought this book the week it came out, and it changed my view of everything. This book catalogs one of pkayed great nadirs of modern American life; a time when institutionalized apathy and indifference in almost every government and societal institution directly lead to the unspeakable suffering and death of tens of thousands of Americans at the hands of the most frightening plague of the modern age.

Randy Shilts has done a remarkable work of journalism here, and 25 years later, it still infuriates.

The title looks academic but there’s nothing cold or dispassionate or removed about it. It was frustrating to see so many people doing nothing when so many were suffer It was what I would call a really well made, sad, life changing movie. Maybe it happened after the book was published. The book became a commercial success, contrary to Shilts’ own expectations.

I watch the panic unfolding on the news, on social media and Dandy think about this book. Reagan is illuminated in the harsh light of retrospect and found wanting. 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?


Shilts writes at the end of And The Band Played On that the book is a work of journalism and that there has been no fictionalization, yet thhe on to state that he reconstructs scenes and conversations, albeit based on interviews and other research. This book changed my life in the most literal sense imaginable.

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

And then, there is AIDS. Nothing but a cheap alibi for an immature conscience attempting to escape self-examination and instead, trying to mimic a model of superior wisdom. Departmental ego and pride, according to Shilts, also confounded research as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institutes battled over funding and who might get credit for medical discoveries that were to come from the isolation of HIV, blood tests to find HIV, or any possible vaccine.

While this book did make me sad to see the stories of so many different people who died of AIDS, this book mostly made me so incredibly angry. And the parts where Shilts discusses a partner watching his lover waste away or not ALLOWED to watch him waste away by selfish, fundamentalist family members are wrenching.

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. 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 people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century.