How to Survive a Plague

The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (24.48 hours)
Product Number: Z100116020
Released: Nov 29, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524708139
Narrator/s: Rory O'Malley
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A New York Times 2016 Notable Book 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 upon 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, establishing their own newspapers, research journals, and laboratories, and as they 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.

Author(s): David France
Genre: Self Help, History
Awards:2017-NonFiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal
Original Publish Date: Nov 29, 2016

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Author(s): David France
Genre: Self Help, History
Product Number EB00661938
Released: Nov 29, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780451493309

Professional reviews

"HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE tackles the enormous task of chronicling the fight against the AIDS epidemic. David France's voluminous work details the stories of so many people, including victims, advocates, and scientists. Trying to absorb so much information could be daunting, but Rory O'Malley's narration will help the listener along. His steady delivery brings each piece of the story into focus. When describing both the scientific means of discovering and studying the virus as well as the emotional trials of those who contracted it, O'Malley's even pacing and tone give a sense of the pathos of events. Part history, part science, and part storytelling, this aptly titled book reveals how a community, though devastated, survived a plague. A.G.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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