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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Shilts was an enormously talented journalist with an uncompromising sense of justice. I knew it hadn’t been handled well, and I knew about the bsnd attached to it, both because of the disease itself and because of the gay victims of the disease.

I actually think ban book should be required reading at college level for any political science class that is examining the flaws of what our system can become.

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.

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He may not have been the singular cause for the spread of the disease, but one of the first group. Prop 8 effing passed, proving our society has farther to come than perhaps we realized. The film was released the same year as Philadelphiaand the play Angels in America: I’ve read a few books with darker subject matter, but all books had one thing in sshilts Jan 14, E.

This is a must read book for those like me who weren’t born or were young children then.

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

Retrieved from ” shilt Howard Markel, in the American Journal of Public Healthnotes Shilts’ tendency to assign blame, writing “A requirement of the journalist, and certainly the historian, however, is to explain human society rather than to point fingers”. The news that the virus that causes AIDS was isolated and thus we could start on devising a test that would tell people if they were infected or not was withheld for more than a year while researchers argued over who would get the credit and thus the royalties.


One shocking part of the book told about an owner of one of these “bath houses”, who approached a doctor who was lobbying for closing the bath houses and told him something like “I am making money from the bath houses and you are making money from the consequences, so lets leave them open” Other issues in thw book: To Shilts, playedd only began to change following the death of Rock Hudson.

Here in the U. Shilts declared while promoting the book in Australia in that AIDS in the western world could be eradicated, and by”AIDS could be as manageable as diabetes “. Was it about how gay culture in America was altered by the epidemic? Selected pages Title Page.

A marked thr in these cities arose in two phases of consciousness in the gay community: It was frustrating to see so many people doing nothing when so many were suffering. But suddenly…when a movie star was diagnosed with the disease…the AIDS epidemic became palpable and the threat loomed everywhere. However this was a very difficult reading experience. The main problem Qnd had with this book is that there were too many names to keep track of.

Technology, art, religion, democracy Thanks for posting this. Open Preview See a Problem? Moss wrote in a sgilts to the editor of The New York Review of Books”There is very little evidence that Gaetan was ‘patient zero’ for the US or for California,” while also stating that Shilts did not overstress Dugas’ lack of personal responsibility.

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

Shilts accused Ronald Reagan of neglecting to address AIDS to the American people until —calling his behavior “ritualistic silence”—even after Reagan called friend Rock Hudson to tell him to get well.


Since this little sentence has things in it that I know are false, what is the author saying with it – is he building a case? I also think that no matter what the conflict, a lot of people, politicians especially, will think of power first and human lives second.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health began tracing the disease, linked it to certain sexual practices, and made recommendations—stop having sex—to gay men to avoid getting sick, a directive that defied the chief reason why many gay men had migrated to the Castro, and for what gay rights activists in San Francisco had fought for years. What an eye opener!

But it doesn’t always pass away, and from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away Randy Shilts, in his thorough investigative report, highlights the many blunders along the way, th that are unbelievable in retrospect. Homophobia is not surprising to me in this often shitty world we live in, and yet I still managed to be shocked at the way medical professionals, government officials, and the media repeatedly failed the gay victims at the centre of this crisis.

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. 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.

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The Reagan administration that practically ignored the subject. Like it says in the book: But Schiltz left some crucial things out.