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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."


Product Details

  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: John-Manuel Andriote (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161364678X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613646786
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,261,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After a 22-year journalism career in Washington, D.C., I returned in 2007 to my old hometown in eastern Connecticut. The place where I grew up changed dramatically in the 30 years I was away--unfortunately not for the better. Like so many formerly bustling old American manufacturing towns, Norwich went from boom to bust and now struggles to reinvent itself for a new millennium and a world that changed around it.

In the fall of 2015, I indie-published TOUGH LOVE: A Washington Reporter Finds Resilience, Ruin, and Zombies in His 'Other Connecticut' Hometown--a collection of my newspaper columns and feature articles focused on Norwich and the eastern part of the state.

I am conducting nationwide interviews for a new book focused on building gay men's resilience, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2017.

I am also working with a children's book agent in New York City to find a "traditional" publishing home for my 2014 indie-published book WILHELMINA GOES WANDERING, based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut.

My earlier books include VICTORY DEFERRED: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America (University of Chicago Press, 1999; updated/expanded edition 2011)--growing out of my three decades of reporting on HIV/AIDS; HOT STUFF: A Brief History of Disco (HarperEntertainment)--growing out of my lifelong love of music; and THE ART OF FINE CIGARS (Bulfinch/Little Brown)--growing out of many hours spent with friends in Washington smoking cigars and drinking good hooch.

I blog about once a month for the Huffington Post--about LGBT issues, health and medicine, and politics, the subjects I have covered as a journalist.

I give talks, readings, and interviews in connection with my books. My audiences have included an entire elementary school student body, college students, and medical care providers.

I'm an avid gardener and cook, a hobbyist photographer, and an avid karaoke singer (!).

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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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