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Victory Deferred [Kindle Edition]

John-Manuel Andriote
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Compelled by his own 2005 HIV diagnosis, journalist John-Manuel Andriote revisits his acclaimed chronicle of the AIDS epidemic in this updated and expanded edition of the University of Chicago Press 1999 hardcover original.

Andriote examines the impact of AIDS on individuals and on the gay civil rights movement, from the coming-out revelry of the 1970s to the post-AIDS gay community of the twenty-first century’s first decade.

Victory Deferred looks at how AIDS has changed both individual lives and national organizations. It tells the story of how a health crisis pushed a disjointed jumble of local activists to become a national visible and politically powerful civil rights movement, a full-fledged minority group challenging the authority of some of the nation’s most powerful institutions.

Based on hundreds of interviews with those at the forefront of the medical, political, cultural, civic, and national responses to the epidemic, Victory Deferred artfully blends personal narratives with institutional histories and organizational politics to show how AIDS forced gay men from their closets and ghettos into the hallways of power to lobby and into the streets to protest.

For more than two decades, Andriote reported from the center of national advocacy and AIDS politics in Washington. He is judicious without being uncritical, and his account of the political maturation of the gay community is one of the most stirring civil rights stories of our time.

Critics praised the original edition of Victory Deferred. Kirkus Reviews called it, “The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On.” The Los Angeles Times said, “People who want to know how a community mobilized in the face of an unprecedented crisis will want to start here.” The Washington Blade said, “Andriote has honored his mentors, his muses and his community by preserving an important chapter in gay cultural history.

Victory Deferred won the Lambda Literary Awards’ “Editors’ Choice” award, and was an American Library Association “honored book.” All of the original interviews, and other materials used to develop the book, are archived and available to researchers in the “John-Manuel Andriote Victory Deferred Collection” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews


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: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 570 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JOHN-MANUEL ANDRIOTE; 2 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V8U7C2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, Informative, Comprehensive, Amazing December 16, 2011
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh 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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More About the Author

NEW: In 2014, I published my first children's book, WILHELMINA GOES WANDERING--based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut. For five months, the Black Angus hung out with a herd of deer, was mistaken for a bull, evaded capture, and was ultimately betrayed by her sweet tooth. Read my reimagined version of the story. Visit

IN THE WORKS: My literary agent is shopping the proposal for a new nonfiction book I plan to write about gay men's resilience and what everyone can learn from it.

BACKGROUND: I started my professional writing career doing book reviews for the national LGBT magazine The Advocate, while I was taking graduate-level writing and publishing classes at Emerson College in Boston. I decided to detour to Chicago instead, for a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University--and then a 22-year career in Washington, D.C., as a freelance journalist focused on health and medicine. I've reported on HIV/AIDS since 1986. My award-winning history of the AIDS epidemic in America, VICTORY DEFERRED, is my most substantial contribution to the literature on HIV/AIDS. In 2011, I released an updated and expanded second edition of VICTORY DEFERRED. All of the interviews and resource materials I used to develop the book are part of the "John-Manuel Andriote VICTORY DEFERRED Collection" curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C.

I also write about cultural trends, LGBT issues, politics, and a wide variety of subjects that interest me. For example, in 2014, I have interviewed renowned microbiologist and HIV 'co-discoverer' Dr. Robert C. Gallo for the Los Angeles Review of Books; written a feature for Earth magazine about geologist Dr. Robert M. Thorson's efforts to preserve New England's historic stone walls; and authored a feature for Pacific Standard magazine about the area where I grew up and live today. That article, "The Other Connecticut, the Other America," trended to the #1 most popular spot in the magazine's Top 10 list.

REVIEWS/AWARDS: Kirkus Reviews called my book VICTORY DEFERRED: HOW AIDS CHANGED GAY LIFE IN AMERICA "The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On." The 1999 University of Chicago Press book won the 2000 Lambda Literary Awards "Editor's Choice" award, was a finalist for the New York Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and was an American Library Association honored book.

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