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And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
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Feb 13, 2011

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Read from January 31 to February 13, 2011

This book shed a whole new light on an epidemic that has been around for my entire life. I had no idea about it's shocking beginnings. I think many people of my generation and younger generations are blind to the startling inadequacies of our nation's response to this tragedy and the politics that caused so many deaths. As citizens of this great nation we have an obligation to hold our leaders responsible for thier actions (or inactions).

I was born in 1980, and was brought up in a fairly liberal household that believed in civic responsiblity. I never really understood the horrible stigma that early AIDS patients had to deal with and the complete and utter failure of the American goverment and society at large to do ANYTHING (anything AT ALL) to help them. This book really opened my eyes. It's crazy to think that everyone could be so blind to what was happening all around them. Reading this book made me alternately angry, sad, and terrified. Angry that we let this happen, sad that so many lives were destroyed through inaction, and absolutely terrified that the government can (and probably will) turn a blind eye to a crisis like this again. Even though the events described in this book transpired about 30 years ago, we are still dealing with the impact today. The global AIDS crisis is still on-going. It is still being transmitted and people are still dying. There is still no cure.

All should know this sordid history, lest we let this happen again.

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