How to survive a plague : the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS / David France
EBOOK | Alfred A. Knopf | 2016 | First edition
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"The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic--from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to survive a plague. A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized on scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts. Not since the publication of Randy Shilts's classic And the Band Played On has a book measured the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms. In dramatic fashion, we witness the founding of ACT/UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT. We watch as these activists learn to become their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers, and clinicians; establish their own newspapers, research journals, and laboratories; and go on to force reform in the nation's disease-fighting agencies. With his unparalleled access to this community, David France illuminates the lives of extraordinary characters, including the closeted Wall Street trader turned activist, the high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants in New York, the South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers' club at the height of the epidemic, and the public relations executive fighting to save his own life for the sake of his young daughter. Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider's account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How to Survive a Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS."--Dust jacket
"A history of AIDS activism in New York in the early years of the plague"-- Provided by publisher
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: The memorial service -- Part 1: When it rains, it pours. Independence day ; Early thinking ; Compromised ; Doubt all things ; A man reaps what he sows -- Part 2: Incurable romantics. Life, apparently ; Paranoid fantasies ; Testing limits ; Warfare -- Part 3: An ounce of prevention. The barricades, 1987 ; Things fall apart ; Terminal velocity ; Against nature ; Denial ; Madness -- Part 4: Revolt of the guinea pigs. New beginnings ; Days of desperation ; Life ; The old days -- Epilogue: For dear life
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The definitive history of the battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, and the powerful stories of the gay activists who refused to die without a fight. France tells the story of the men and women who watched their friends and lovers fall: ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large. Confronted with shame and hatred, they chose to fight for their right to live. We witness the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT, and the gradual movement toward a lifesaving medical breakthrough
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Print version: France, David. How to survive a plague. First edition. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016 9780307700636 (DLC) 2016010685 (OCoLC)944209876
ISBN
9780451493309
0451493303
9781760551254
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9780771047794
0771047797
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EB00661938
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964603366
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20170821221041.035
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207BDCB6-5E28-4B4C-B436-5D527072FAC7 OverDrive, Inc. http://www.overdrive.com
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