Number of page: 640
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Category: Health & Fitness
A New York Times 2016 Notable BookThe definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic—from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to Survive a Plague.
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts. Not since the publication of Randy Shilts’s classic And the Band Played On has a book measured the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms. In dramatic fashion, we witness the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT. We watch as these activists learn to become their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers, and clinicians, establishing their own newspapers, research journals, and laboratories, and as they go on to force reform in the nation’s disease-fighting agencies.
With his unparalleled access to this community David France illuminates the lives of extraordinary characters, including the closeted Wall Street trader-turned-activist, the high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants in New York, the South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers’ club at the height of the epidemic, and the public relations executive fighting to save his own life for the sake of his young daughter.
Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How to Survive a Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.
- Ben Avelarde
Nonsense! First of all AIDS was never tamed.There is still a rampant AIDS Epidemic in Africa and some other third world countries.Its not prevalent in the US because of awareness and how to prevent the disease.Also its a known fact that the majority of HIV cases are spread through homosexuals and drug users. Look up the statistics.
- Susanne Caro
How To Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS Prepare to have your heart buoyed and broken in this riveting account of the response to the AIDS epidemic that’s as educational as it is difficult to put down. Based on thorough research and the
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition, Edition 2
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
Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival
The founder of POZ magazine shares a captivating eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic Next and a moving multi decade memoir of one gay man s life San Francisco Chronicle As a politics obsessed Georgetown freshman Sean Strub arrived in Washington DC from Iowa in 1976 with a plum part time job running a Senate elevator in the US Capitol He also harbored a terrifying secret his attraction to men As Strub explored the capital s political and social circles he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending more funerals than birthday parties Scared and angry he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements Strub s story crackles with history He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St Patrick s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Sen ator Jesse Helms With an astonishing cast of characters including Tennessee Williams Gore Vidal Keith Haring Bill Clinton and Yoko Ono is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era A page turner with the suspense and horror of Paul Monette s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer s play The Normal Heart What a lot of action and life there is in this gripping book The Washington Post
Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge
In the short turbulent history of AIDS research and treatment the boundaries between scientist insiders and lay outsiders have been crisscrossed to a degree never before seen in medical history Steven Epstein s astute and readable investigation focuses on the critical question of how certainty is constructed or deconstructed leading us through the views of medical researchers activists policy makers and others to discover how knowledge about AIDS emerges out of what he calls credibility struggles Epstein shows the extent to which AIDS research has been a social and political phenomenon and how the AIDS movement has transformed biomedical research practices through its capacity to garner credibility by novel strategies Epstein finds that nonscientist AIDS activists have gained enough of a voice in the scientific world to shape NIH sponsored research to a remarkable extent Because of the blurring of roles and responsibilities the production of biomedical knowledge about AIDS does not he says follow the pathways common to science indeed AIDS research can only be understood as a field that is unusually broad public and contested He concludes by analyzing recent moves to democratize biomedicine arguing that although AIDS activists have set the stage for new challenges to scientific authority all social movements that seek to democratize expertise face unusual difficulties Avoiding polemics and accusations Epstein provides a benchmark account of the AIDS epidemic to date one that will be as useful to activists policy makers and general readers as to sociologists physicians and scientists
African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses
AIDS is the second leading cause of death among African American women between the ages of 18 and 44 African American women constitute 63% of all cases of AIDS among women in the United States This volume brings together the collective wisdom of scholars researchers and social work professionals dealing with these concerns Focusing attention on the primary population of women impacted by AIDS this book presents culturally sensitive responses that meet the specific needs of African American women An historical and current overview of the alarming HIV infection rate among African Americans in particular women introduces the crisis Subsequent chapters highlight HIV AIDS prevention and intervention strategies that are successfully impacting the African American population Guided by a feminist perspective and grounded in social construction theory social work theory and social work practice this volume privileges the voice of African American women the group that is the most disenfranchised and least accurately represented in AIDS related research and writing This essential guide sheds light on a calamity too often overlooked making it especially valuable for scholars students researchers and practitioners involved with HIV AIDS issues in the African American community and with women s and black studies