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. “Shilts successfully weaves comprehensive investigative reporting and commercial page-turning pacing, political intrigue, and personal tragedy into a landmark. And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic [Randy Shilts] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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The fact that it is non-fiction adds to the intensity but also increases the rage the reader is left with. It may sound like a dry read, playyed it is completely enthralling. The worldwide AIDS epidemic is such an important part of American history and as I read each page it felt unnerving to know that it continues today, and on such an epic shilst.

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Shilts uses Legion Fever or Legionnaires’ disease as an example. Mar 23, Sophie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was living and working in Dallas, and attending school in Denton. Nothing but a cheap alibi for an immature conscience attempting to escape self-examination and instead, trying to mimic a model of superior wisdom.

Like so many straight people, I had few contacts in the gay world when the AIDS epidemic began to take hold, and since as I now know, thanks to Shilts almost no major newspapers or media were following the story, it wasn’t until the news broke about Rock Hudson that I began shjlts understand what was happening. If there was playec a perfect argument against bigotry, it is this disastrous way the AIDs epidemic was handled in its wake, and the millions of people who have died because of it.

Perhaps now the only criticism although few could have foreseen it at time of publication is the focus on Gaeten Dugas, or ‘Patient Zero’. I remember when the world got wobbly and my friends were dying and it seemed like nobody cared.


And the Band Played On. It’s a fast-paced, fascinating, and awful read that looks at a very recent area of history.

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

But in fairness, he was outraged by the callous indifference of many bathhouse owners who refused to do anything to prevent the spread of the disease. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In answering these questions, Shilts weaves weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning dhilts every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments.

In fact in the New Classics list, this book does not have a peer. A note had been amd above the pile which read “Please take.

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

Shilts documents the search for the virus in all its muddled, politicized, under-funded, disregarded insanity, during which gay syilts 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, bannd for by each other and, slowly, by medical personnel who knew they might be risking their own lives.

The HIV I know can be well controlled. However, Reagan briefly mentioned AIDS research in questions and answers during a news conference on September 17, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It’s a chronological account, poayed as the numbers get higher it’s more and more difficult to believe that so little was being done.

The story aand AIDS deserves better than this. And the Band Played On Q2. I might have cared more about one dying person that a slough of them as well. First, because I was punk, and then, as an adult, the Gipper would give me so many, many reasons to loathe him.

Men are dying and we in the press cough politely and draw curtains of discretion across the truth. The problem, I think, is that this book lacked a plot. God creates the world, then he creates Abraham, Abraham begets Isaac, Isaac begets Jacob, and so on and so on. So if you don’t have time or want to read the book, you can watch the movie.


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And the Band Played On is both a tribute to onn heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly. They were living in denial and were not willing to give up their way of life, a way of life that they worked so hard to achieve politically.

Shilts died from complications of AIDS inage And The Band Shilte on: I like science, history, and tense mysteries discovery of a disease can be a very tense mystery Politics are okay, but only if they talk about people I’m familiar with, like the Lannisters. It was one of the most spectacular books I have had the pleasure to read.

Leave badn Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. View all 3 comments. Writer Jon Katz explains, “No other mainstream journalist has sounded the alarm so frantically, plyed the dimensions of the AIDS tragedy so poignantly or focused so much attention on government delay, the nitpickings of research funding and institutional intrigue”. I recommend this for people who like politics more than science, and anyone who wants a well-rounded understanding of American history.

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View all 10 comments. Shilts reported how CDC epidemiologists forged ahead blindly after being denied funding for researching the disease repeatedly. I actually think this book should be required reading at college level for any political science banc that is examining the flaws of what our system can become.