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.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 86th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
- 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
- The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)
- The Booklist Century: 100 Books, 100 Years (BookList)