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

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

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Published: 1988
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And the Band Played On : Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic - REV 88 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312241353

Randy Shilts

ISBN13: 978-0312241353
ISBN10: 0312241356
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Edition/Copyright: REV 88
Publisher: St. Martins Press, Inc.

Published: 1988
International: No
Summary

By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 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. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? 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.

Shilts shows that 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.

Author Bio

Shilts, Randy :


Randy Shilts was born in 1951, in Davenport, Iowa. One of the first openly gay journalists hired at a major newspaper, he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for thirteen years. He died of AIDS in 1994 at his home in the Sonoma County redwoods in California. He was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (1982), And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic (1987), and Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military (1993). He also wrote extensively for many major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, and The Advocate. And the Band Played On was made into a docudrama that was broadcast on HBO in 1993.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Dramatis Personae
The Bureaucracy
Prologue

Part I. Behold, A Pale Horse
1. The Feast of the Hearts

Part II. Before/1980
2. Glory Days
3. Beaches of the Dispossessed
4. Foreshadowing
5. Freeze Frames

Part III. Paving the Road/1981
6. Critical Mass
7. Good Intentions
8. The Prettiest One
9. Ambush Poppers
10. Golf Courses of Science
11. Bad Moon Rising

Part IV. The Gathering Darkness/1982
12. Enemy Time
13. Patient Zero
14. Bicentennial Memories
15. Nightsweats
16. Too Much Blood
17. Entropy
18. Running on Empty
19. Forced Feeding
20. Dirty Secrets
21. Dancing in the Dark

Part V. Battle Lines/January-June 1983
22. Let It Bleed
23. Midnight Confessions
24. Denial
25. Anger
26. The Big Enchilada
27. Turning Points
28. Only the Good
29. Priorities
30. Meanwhile
31. AIDSpeak Spoken Here
32. Star Quality

Part VI. Rituals/July-December 1983
33. Marathons
34. Just Another Day
35. Politics
36. Science
37. Public Health
38. Journalism
39. People

Part VII. Lights & Tunnels/1984
40. Prisoners
41. Bargaining
42. The Feast of the Hearts, Part II
43. Squeeze Play
44. Traitors
45. Political Science
46. Downbound Train
47. Republicans and Democrats
48. Embarrassed
49. Depression
50. The War

Part VIII. The Butcher's Bill/1985
51. Heterosexuals
52. Exiles
53 Reckoning
54. Exposed
55. Awakening
56. Acceptance
57. Endgame

Part IX. Epilogue/After
58. Reunion
59. The Feast of the Hearts, Part III

Notes on Sources
Index

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