And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

This book is a comprehensive chronicle of the emergence of the AIDS epidemic in the United States in the 1980s. It explores how the disease was initially ignored by many health professionals and politicians, leading to its spread and the deaths of thousands of people. The book also examines the impact of the disease on the gay community and the role of various institutions, including the medical community, the media, and the government, in responding to the crisis. It's a powerful critique of the indifference and negligence that allowed the disease to become a global pandemic.

The 1122nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 429

Since this book was first published in 1987, there is a penalty of 20.8%. The age adjusted score is 339.77.

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