And the Band Played on

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-07-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Dramatis Personaep. xiii
The Bureaucracyp. xvii
Prologuep. xxi
Behold, A Pale Horse
The Feast of the Heartsp. 3
Glory Daysp. 11
Beaches of the Dispossessedp. 25
Foreshadowingp. 34
Freeze Framesp. 42
Paving the Road/1981
Critical Massp. 53
Good Intentionsp. 61
The Prettiest Onep. 70
Ambush Poppersp. 80
Golf Courses of Sciencep. 93
Bad Moon Risingp. 102
The Gathering Darkness/1982
Enemy Timep. 115
Patient Zerop. 128
Bicentennial Memoriesp. 141
Nightsweatsp. 149
Too Much Bloodp. 160
Entropyp. 169
Running on Emptyp. 178
Forced Feedingp. 185
Dirty Secretsp. 196
Dancing in the Darkp. 204
Battle Lines/January-June 1983
Let It Bleedp. 219
Midnight Confessionsp. 227
Denialp. 234
Angerp. 242
The Big Enchiladap. 253
Turning Pointsp. 263
Only the Goodp. 278
Prioritiesp. 288
Meanwhilep. 299
AIDSpeak Spoken Herep. 314
Star Qualityp. 324
Rituals/July-December 1983
Marathonsp. 339
Just Another Dayp. 349
Politicsp. 359
Sciencep. 366
Public Healthp. 374
Journalismp. 384
Peoplep. 394
Lights and Tunnels/1984
Prisonersp. 405
Bargainingp. 413
The Feast of the Hearts, Part IIp. 423
Squeeze Playp. 429
Traitorsp. 440
Political Sciencep. 450
Downbound Trainp. 457
Republicans and Democratsp. 466
Embarrassedp. 477
Depressionp. 486
The Warp. 495
The Butcher's Bill/1985
Heterosexualsp. 507
Exilesp. 517
Reckoningp. 528
Exposedp. 539
Awakeningp. 548
Acceptancep. 561
Endgamep. 572
Reunionp. 585
The Feast of the Hearts, Part IIIp. 602
Notes on Sourcesp. 607
Indexp. 615
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