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

Shilts, Randy

Published by Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: St Martins Pr, 1987
ISBN 10: 0312009941 / ISBN 13: 9780312009946
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Title: And the Band Played on: Politics, People, ...

Publisher: Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

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Edition: 1st Edition


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Synopsis: Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.  One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

Review: In the first major book on AIDS, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Randy Shilts examines the making of an epidemic. Shilts researched and reported the book exhaustively, chronicling almost day-by-day the first five years of AIDS. His work is critical of the medical and scientific communities' initial response and particularly harsh on the Reagan Administration, who he claims cut funding, ignored calls for action and deliberately misled Congress. Shilts doesn't stop there, wondering why more people in the gay community, the mass media and the country at large didn't stand up in anger more quickly. The AIDS pandemic is one of the most striking developments of the late 20th century and this is the definitive story of its beginnings.

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