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Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America Kindle Edition

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Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (November-December 2011)

[Andriote's] presentation of the political struggles, the heroic actions, and the medical advances of the HIV era is a resonant reminder of the impact that personal and collective action can have.
JOHN R. KILLACKY (Dec. 1, 2011)

"A particular insight is required when someone chooses to write about our history with HIV when the epidemic continues. John-Manuel Andriote is a skilled enough writer to rise to that challenge and he delivers handily with his book, Victory Deferred...a remarkable book."


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  • File Size: 2481 KB
  • Print Length: 570 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JOHN-MANUEL ANDRIOTE; 2 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V8U7C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I built a journalism career over 22 years in Washington, D.C., after earning a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, returning in 2007 to my home state of Connecticut. Since writing my first book reviews in 1983 for the national LGBT magazine The Advocate, my writing has focused on LGBT issues, health and medicine (particularly HIV/AIDS), and cultural trends.

I've continued to write about LGBT issues as a blogger for Huffington Post, and about health and medical issues for The Atlantic and other publications. In 2012 I updated my 2001 book Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco/Dance Music.

I am following-up my 1999 award-winning history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.--called Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America (University of Chicago Press, updated in a second paperback edition in 2011)--with a 'post-AIDS' book I'm now working on that will examine gay men's resilience and how it supports good individual and community health and a stronger America, to be published in 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

I'm about to indie-publish in the fall of 2015 a new book called Tough Love: A Washington reporter finds resilience, ruin and zombies in his 'Other Connecticut' hometown, collecting in one volume seven years' worth of my newspaper columns and feature articles focused on life and politics in the old manufacturing town where I live.

I'm also working with a children's book agent in New York to find a 'traditional' home for the children's book I indie-published in 2014, called Wilhelmina Goes Wandering (based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut), and the prequel and sequels I've written for it that we are collectively calling "Betty's Farm."

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By authorwork on December 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this revised and updated version of his comprehensive book, the author takes a look at the AIDS epidemic in America from its explosive beginnings to present day. He traces the strange origins of what was first known as the "gay cancer" and, through exhaustive interviews and vast amounts of research, paints an extraordinary picture of the way gay culture was significantly altered because of it.
Andriote, himself a gay man who was present as AIDS made itself known, spreading like wildfire through the gay communities in cities like San Francisco and New York, has a unique perspective on what life was like for gay men before and after the epidemic hit. He watched as this population, actively discriminated against and almost completely disenfranchised, came together as a cohesive unit to address the issues that AIDS presented for them. The book is a fascinating history of the movement almost entirely started by the gay community to demand recognition and respect in the face of this deadly disease. It traces the roots of the comprehensive in-home care systems (known as the "San Francisco model") that ensured that those afflicted with AIDS could receive effective, appropriate care based on their individual needs. Far from treating AIDS as a solely medical issue, the gay community quickly recognized the need for housing, food, and counseling as well as medical treatment.
The author looks at the drive for acceptance and acknowledgment by gay men and women and the monumental barriers put in their way by the political and cultural establishments of the 1980s and beyond. The reader quickly begins to understand how incredibly hard it is to navigate a bureaucracy like the United States government when you are part of a group so hated and stigmatized.
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By Kindle Customer on May 10, 2015
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Too much repetition and detail for the casual reader. Good solid history for academics.
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