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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.
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 2 days 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 21 days ago by Brian Anderson
Outstanding "primer" for understanding the origin,perils,hope for the future of the epidemic that
has touched probably everyone we know, in some way....nicely done..
Excelente Book, a must read if interested in government and science negligence towards health issues and HIV and Aids history.Published 1 month ago by Thor Morales
Amazing detail for the disgrace that was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.Published 1 month ago by Diane mongiello
I have never learned so much. This book is the bible when it comes to the history and thorough examination of this horrible and tragic ordeal of the AIDS crisis. Very structured. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Movie/Book Nerd
I read this fascinating book when it first came out, wanted to replace my copy that had been borrowed and not returnedPublished 1 month ago by Maire
Fantastic book, made me very angry at times of the overall failure of our government response.Published 2 months ago by missmel702