And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

by Randy Shilts

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Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312374631
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised, 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 65,609
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.22(h) x 1.68(d)

About the Author

RANDY SHILTS was one of the first journalists to recognize AIDS as an important national issue and, in the early 1980s, he began to report on AIDS full time for the San Francisco Chronicle, making him the only journalist to do so. He was also the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and Conduct Unbecoming: Gay and Lesbians in the U.S. Military. Shilts died of AIDS-related complications in early 1994.

Table of Contents


Dramatis Personae

The Bureaucracy


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


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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th Anniversary Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
mockturtle More than 1 year ago
While I learned more about a the gay lifestyle than I really wanted to know, this taut, fascinating account of the AIDS crisis kept me rapt from start to finish. The author's journalistic skills serve him very well as he traces the chronology of the epidemic through a group of friends and their personal involvement in the crisis, intertwined with the medical and political entities attempting to identify the problem. As the author clearly shows, political conflicts within the gay and medical communities, as well as the denial and inertia of government, resulted in delaying solutions to stem the spread of the virus. Great read.
JonnyD More than 1 year ago
Absolutley brilliant chronicling of the first decade of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Demonstrates in no uncertain terms how our society missed the boat by letting early opportunities to curb the spread of HIV. Fascinating look at the social and governmental response, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an RN, I cannot oversell the importance of this book in understanding how politics, money, & media can affect the health of Americans. As someone who grew up during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, & came of age in its second, I appreciate the deeper understanding of the true context for the messages I received through my youth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible look back at a frightening and frustrating time. Check out the documentary "How to Survive a Plague" - inspiring.
Drewda More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. I read it years ago and it has stuck with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Randy Shilts, but upon completion I immediately read the rest of his books. Randy Shilts is an incredible artist who used his talents to bring to the world the staggering and horrific truth about the AIDS epidemic. While this book focuses on the devastating effect that aids had on the gay and lesbian community, it is a book that is newsworthy even today and relevant for all readers. For people seeking to learn more about the homosexual community, many leaders of the gay community who were lost, leaving the community for decades without leadership, appear in this book. Those people include Cleve Jones to Bill Krause to Larry Kramer. This book contains the most trustworthy accounts of a historic time than any novel I know, which was sourced using journalistic methods. In writing this book, Randy Shilts not only wrote himself into literary history, he became a hero of the gay community.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This isn't a dry history. It's an amazing telling of an important time in the US
NellieMc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Remarkably more even-handed than I would have expected -- some individual heroes but a lot more than surrendered to politics than empathy--from all political sides. Particularly interesting given the controversy over the Nobel Prize award to the French for finding the HIV virus--according to this book, they got it right. History at its best for those of us who believe that you must study history in order not to repeat the errors.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
wonderful depiction of what went on when the aids epidemic first started...the denial, the politics to keep the bath houses open, the fear, the hatred against the gay community. Randy Shilts did a fine job of putting it all together.
krazy4katz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me more than 5 weeks to read this book and during that time I felt as though I lived daily with the author and the people he portrayed. The book is written in a journalistic style punctuated with beautiful prose and a sense of indignation that grows stronger and stronger as the storyline progresses. Randy Shilts did a superb job of placing personal stories in the context of civil rights, politics, and American biases regarding discussions of sex and sexual orientation. Truly, this is a story about how we damage each other in society. Very few groups come out looking good. Of course, the Reagan administration, which didn't want to spend money on a "gay disease" even after it was budgeted by Congress, the gay rights advocates, whose fears of civil rights violations kept them from advocating safe sex policies that could have saved thousands of lives, the NIH, which was locked in a fight with the Pasteur Institute for credit for the discovery of the AIDS virus, the list goes on and on. Only at the CDC did I find a few officials who saw the coming epidemic and tried very hard to make the decisions necessary to save lives. Otherwise, the heroes of this book are a few people, physicians, doctors, private citizens who worked very hard to avoid this catastrophe. I think every college student should be made to read this book in a lesson on civic responsibility. It is an amazing book, rendered even more poignant by the early death of its talented author.
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I was young during this time period and it gives an interesting perspective and allot more background to the AIDS epidemic.
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Easy to read and very detailed. A must read for anyone who works in the healthcare industry.
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