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The Resource How to survive a plague : the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS, David France

How to survive a plague : the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS, David France

Label
How to survive a plague : the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS
Title
How to survive a plague
Title remainder
the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS
Statement of responsibility
David France
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • 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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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
362.19697/920097471
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
RA643.84.N7
LC item number
F73 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
How to survive a plague : the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS, David France
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn944209876
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307700636
Lccn
2016010685
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illlustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a547143
  • (OCoLC)944209876
Label
How to survive a plague : the inside story of how citizens and science tamed AIDS, David France
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn944209876
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307700636
Lccn
2016010685
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illlustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a547143
  • (OCoLC)944209876

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