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In the first major book on AIDS, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Randy Shilts examines the making of an epidemic. Shilts researched and reported the book exhaustively, chronicling almost day-by-day the first five years of AIDS. His work is critical of the medical and scientific communities' initial response and particularly harsh on the Reagan Administration, who he claims cut funding, ignored calls for action and deliberately misled Congress. Shilts doesn't stop there, wondering why more people in the gay community, the mass media and the country at large didn't stand up in anger more quickly. The AIDS pandemic is one of the most striking developments of the late 20th century and this is the definitive story of its beginnings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"An exhaustive account of the early years of the AIDS crisis, this outlines the medical, social and political forces behind the epidemic's origin and rapid spread," reported PW . "The book stands as a definitive reminder of the shameful injustice inflicted on this nation by the institutions in which we put our trust . . . a landmark work." 200,000 first printing; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great story. Very important. People who think Reaganomics was so great should see the effects on early AIDS research.Published 16 days ago by Dayton Mom
This book by Randy Shilts detailed the unfolding of AIDS outbreak, and how the political struggles behind ultimately failed to stop the disease before it became an pandemic. Read morePublished 19 days ago by NTD
The best read I have found that details the spread of the disease and what happened, in a timeline.
It is a VERY sexually graphic book but I feel it was necessarily done to... Read more
You cannot read this book without knowing there were hundreds who died because the government was slow, if not uncaring, about how to deal with the epidemic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Durella DeGrasse
Even if you are not old enough to remember the initial outbreak of AIDS, this book will pinpoint the events that were strategic in the spread of the disease--these include the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
What an incredible read. Being a kid in the 80's I didn't really see the full scope of the AIDS epidemic. I wish I would have read this book a long time ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Anderson