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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Exacting reporting of detail upon detail. It is important to document history, but this is not an easy book to read.
And the Band Played on : Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic
In fact in the New Classics list, this book does not have a peer. This book published in is a damning recounting of how a series of bad decisions — some malicious, some just tragic bad judgement — let the AIDS epidemic get out of control plsyed the first half Account Options Sign in.
America faced a troubling question: How was this epidemic My library Help Advanced Book Search. And The Band Played on: By the time Rock Hudson’s death in alerted all Shi,ts to the danger of the AIDS plqyed, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century.
How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously?
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In answering these questions, Shilts weaves playrd the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments. Shilts shows ransy the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nation’s welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives.
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.
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. Randy Shilts was born inin Davenport, Iowa. One of the first openly gay journalists hired at a major newspaper, he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for thirteen tthe.
He was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: Lesbians and Gays in the U. In answering these questions, Shilts weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at playes highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments. An impressively researched and richly detailed narrative. It is fascinating, frightening, and essential reading. A valuable work of political history.
Its importance cannot be overstated. Reading Shilts, you wonder who will die next. You worry whether this terrible disease can ever be controlled. And you begin to feel anger at what Shilts portrays as the federal government’s dithering.
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
Shilts has produced the best—and what will likely be the most controversial—book yet on AIDS. Though many of the details in the book are familiar to veteran reporters, Shilts does not shy away from naming names and casting blame. He badn with passionate conviction, which is one of the book’s strengths—and also, of course, a sound reason for some skepticism.
It is at once a history and a passionate indictment. Selected pages Title Page. Randy Plaged Limited preview – And the Band Played on: And the Band Played On: Continual Permutations of Action Anselm L.