“Why was AIDS allowed to spread unchecked during the early 1980s while our most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat? In this brilliant, now classic expose of one of the most important issues of our time, Randy Shilts does nothing less than answer this frightening question. And the Band Played On reveals how the federal government put its budgetary concerns ahead of the nation’s welfare, how health authorities placed political expediency before public health and how some scientists valued international prestige more than saving lives.”
Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. New York: St. Martins Press, 2000.