And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition
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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 27th 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 630
Edition language: English
In the 25 years since this book was published, I've read it three times. This is the first time I've felt anything other than outrage, and have been able to notice the writing. Certainly I felt outrage as well this time, along with horror, anger, rage, etc. It's hard not to. The AIDS epidemic, a...
I really struggled with how to rate this book. There's no doubt it's full of a great deal of information and the steps taken to try and 'humanise' the book and tell the stories of some of the people affected are laudable. However, it also makes it difficult to decide whether to read this as a fact...
This book brought back the early 80s in hallucinatory detail. I remember when we first heard about Gay Cancer, and how hard it was to get any decent information. I remember when the world got wobbly and my friends were dying and it seemed like nobody cared. I was quite certain that, given my penchan...
Incredible, eye-opening, and tremendously sad.
I recall from looking over my journal from back then that this book was extremely engaging. It made me angry at times. I wrote more in my journal, but I will keep it there. I did note that I enjoyed the book, which I found to be very well documented. Also it felt like reading fiction in a way I coul...