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Works by Randy Shilts

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The Best American Essays 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 119 copies
The Christopher Street reader (1982) — Contributor — 119 copies
And The Band Played On [1993 film] (1993) — Original book — 70 copies, 2 reviews
Unknown California (1985) — Contributor — 41 copies, 1 review

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#753 in our old book database. Not rated.
 
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villemezbrown | 62 other reviews | Apr 28, 2024 |
This book has been around for a while, but it reads almost like a murder mystery or a thriller. It chronicles the beginning of the AIDS crisis, including the CDC rushing to contain the devastation.
 
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Noetical | 62 other reviews | Oct 16, 2023 |
Shilts' contemporary account of the advent of what is now HIV/AIDS is truly a classic. Shilts takes an unbiased, journalistic approach to the science surrounding the discovery of the "GRID" complex, the underlying virus, the epidemiology required to figure out how the disease was spread as well as the international politics limiting the closing of the bathhouses, treatment, testing of the blood supply and delaying the correct taxonomy of HIV.

Interspersed with this, Shilts shows the ready a very personal view of the stories of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and their personal struggles both as patients and as advocates. These interspersed narratives are touching and strong, and completely unfictionalized.

Although it would be easy for these one of the many different components of the narrative to become overwhelmed by the vastness and intricacy of the story that Shilts is telling, he handles each of these components deftly, making the 600 page book a manageable and entertaining read.

Although And the Band Played On is now over 20 years old, it was the first comprehensive account of the advent of HIV/AIDS, it was an instant classic in its time and its contemporary nature lends an honesty to the homophobia, politicking and counter-productive maneuvering on all sides that would likely be glossed over in a modern telling.
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settingshadow | 62 other reviews | Aug 19, 2023 |
Someone tries to do something to fight the spread of AIDS, and everyone else tries to thwart that person. Repeat for 605 pages. One of the most emotionally brutal books I've ever read.
 
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