↹ Zero dollar ⌘ How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS  ⇠ Kindle Ebook By David France ∁ ↹ Zero dollar ⌘ How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS ⇠ Kindle Ebook By David France ∁ I didnt have serious concerns for my own health What I worried about was Brian Gougeon I checked on him frequently Neither of us brought up AIDS directly or his health specifically, though I sensed he resented my calls as reminders of that scare Like characters in a Saramago novel, we talked about anything else The news was generally good He resumed the physically taxing work of tending the vast vertical jungle of ficus trees and philodendron bushes that filled high rises throughout the city He confided that the East Village gallery scene had been cool to his work, but reported the good news that he was back with his college boyfriend, and had never been happier I dont want to overstate our sense of impending doom The truth was, the storm clouds massed near the horizon, not overhead Unless you were personally admitted into what Susan Sontag called the kingdom of the sick, it was not hard to put the growing epidemic out of mind It took two years and almost six hundred dead before The New York Times put a story on the front page Except in passing, few television news programs made any mention The progressive Village Voice ran a feature that called the danger overblown, and was nearly silent otherwise You would have to read the Native for news on AIDS Brian Gougeon avoided the newspapers I know he saw the first major report in prime time, since we watched it together on my small black and white TV The ABC newsman Geraldo Rivera, flamboyant and hyperbolic though he was, broke the near complete media blackout with the first network broadcast It is the most frightening medical mystery of our time, Rivera said, leaning toward the camera There is an epidemic loose in the land, a so far incurable disease which kills its victims in stages And then appeared the face of a man in grotesque medical distress the first plague sickened man either Brian or I had laid eyes on He was a freelance lighting designer named Ken Ramsauer, age twenty seven In an old photograph, he looked as polished and angular as a shampoo model The difference between then and now was shocking His head appeared swollen nearly to the brink of popping his eyes vanished behind swollen muffins of flesh oblong purple marks covered his skin Confined to a wheelchair, he hung his head weakly A friend handed him a glass of water, which was almost too heavy for his trembling arms I thought I was a pretty good looking guy, he said And now, I actually see myself fading away Ramsauer said he had just returned from the hospital, where they offered him neither medicine nor hope, and least of all pity One night I heard two, I believe, nurses aidesnot the actual nursesstanding outside my door sort of laughing, he said What did they say exactly Rivera asked He blinked his slivered eyes and looked down at the water glass in his scarlet fists, remembering I wonder how long the faggot in 208 is going to last Four days later, I opened the paper to discover that Ramsauer was dead When I read that a public memorial was planned at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, I asked Brian to go with me But he was taking a different strategy Im just staying out of the whole thing, he said, meaning AIDS Worrying isnt good for your health And it does nasty things to your art Instead I went with another friend, a graphic designer named Ian Horst That evening was unusually still and hot As we approached the service from the south, beneath a vaulted canopy of American elms and a row of towering statuary, a macabre scene confronted us The plaza was crowded with 1,500 mourners cupping candles against the darkening sky As our eyes landed on one young man after another, it became obvious that many of them were seriously ill A dozen men were in wheelchairs, so wasted they looked like caricatures of starvation I watched one young man twist in pain that was caused, apparently, by the barest gusts of wind around us In New York there were just 722 cases reported, half the nations total It seemed they were all at the band shell that sweltering evening My friends mouth hung open It looks like a horror flick, he said I was speechless We had found the plague From there, it was an avalanche A Friday or two later, a colleague from work ran out the door for a weekend of social commitments He looked as healthy as a soap opera star, which he aspired to be We never saw him again I heard from a mutual friend that he was found dead by neighbors the following week, shrunken and hollow, in a room washed in his own feces In whispers, we wondered if he had taken his own lifeand debated whether it would be stoic to face the disease or commit suicide As the summer of 1983 opened, The New York Times finally started covering the plague, but often in bizarre ways In May, the paper revealed that prisoners on Rikers Island had declared a hunger strike, unwilling to risk using plates or utensils after an inmate dropped dead from AIDS, and a week later reported on a sanitation worker who might have caught AIDS from handling trash Readers were left frightened than ever We read reports of parents who would not go near their infected sons, not even to bid farewell Many hospital workers felt the same way, abandoning AIDS sick patients in diarrhea soaked sheets out of fear and prejudice Dr Robert Gallo, head of the Laboratory of Tumor and Cell Biology at the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, was disgusted when he first heard the sick joke that pancakes were the only food fit for an AIDS patient, because they could fit under the door In this environment, even doctors felt justified to exempt AIDS sufferers from the Hippocratic Oathin one survey, over half admitted they would refuse them medical attention if given a choice The patients indignities did not end with death Across New York, the global epicenter of this outbreak, almost every undertaker refused to work with the corpses Even in the ancient plagues of Europe there were individuals tasked with collecting remains In The Betrothed, the novelist Alessandro Manzoni called them monatti, those unflappable Samaritans who, for profit or otherwise, braved the rags and corrupted bandages, infected straw, or clothes, or sheets to convey the lifeless flesh to the ditches In New York at the dawn of AIDS, only Reddens Funeral Home, operating continuously since the Spanish influenza epidemic of 191819, would handle the embalming Yet its owners begged the grateful mourners to keep their kindnesses a secret for fear of boycotts by the aging Catholic community in Greenwich Village and Chelsea, the bulk of their business.2017 Stonewall Israel Fishman Non Fiction Book Award A New York Times Notable Book of 2016 SF Chronicle, Top 10 Books of 2016 The New Yorker, Books We Loved in 2016Remarkable I doubt any book on this subject will be able to match its access to the men and women who lived and died through the trauma and the personal testimony that, at times, feels so real to someone who witnessed it that I had to put this volume down and catch my breath This is the first and best history of activists courage Andrew Sullivan, The New York Times Book ReviewMy favorite book of the year is easily David Frances How to Survive a Plague, a powerful history of the HIV AIDS crisis This book is heartbreaking, but it is also inspiring We owe so much to those brave activists and to Mr France for writing this vital book Anderson Cooper, The Wall Street Journal Masterful Despite its grim subject, this is an inspiring book How to Survive a Plague offers a salient reminder of what can be achieved by citizens who remain unbowed and unbroken The EconomistFrance delivers a monumental punch in the gut his book is as moving and involving as a Russian novel, with the added gravitas of shared memory from the not distant past It is both an intimate, searing memoir and a vivid, detailed history of ACT UP Rick Whitaker, The Washington Post Riveting, galvanizing Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker A truly American story France turns the AIDS epidemic into a thriller, one whose heroes are mostly tragic A powerful reminder of what happens when ideology is put before humanity Newsweek, Our Favorite Books of 2016 Riveting and comprehensive Simultaneously intimate and sweeping How to Survive a Plague stands as a remarkably written and highly relevant record of what angry, invested citizens can come together to achieve, and a moving and instructive testament to one community s refusalin the face of ignorance, hatred and deathto be silenced or to give up Chicago TribuneAn authoritative account of a bleak time in human history, the book spans both abject horror and radiant hoperegularly moving you to tears When science and society come together, Frances history transforms from gutting tragedy to human triumph And with each false breakthrough, life shattered, and new day, How to Survive a Plague lives up to its name, providing a blueprint for our continued existence PasteExtraordinary A sweeping social history, a bracing act of in depth journalism, and a searingly honest memoir all at once A chronicle of the recent past that sheds light on the fights to come The chaotic, contentious, painful form of hope offered in this book is vital even as the fight it chronicles remains unfinished Slate David France managed to simultaneously break my heart and rekindle my anger in just the first few pages of his breathtakingly important new book Riveting Steven Petrow, The Washington Post Nuanced Substantial and elegantly written, How to Survive a Plague is at once a deeply reported if New York centric AIDS history and an intimate memoir that makes clear the authors stake in the story Boston GlobeRemarkable the definitive book on AIDS activism, a long overdue update on Randy Shilts 1987 And the Band Played On Its not easy to balance solid journalism with intimate understanding of a subject, and even harder to write eloquently about a disease thats killing your friends and loved ones France pulls it off SF Chronicle Flawless Masterfully written, impeccably researched, and full of feeling for the living and dead heroes of the AIDS movement There can be no clearer picture of the uphill battle against ignorance and bigotry No better person to write this book, which had to be written, creating a complete and correct record of this terrible story and its heroes NewsdayFrance uses the techniques of the epic 19th century novel so well that the line between fiction and nonfiction blurs Full of vivid, intimate detail The Gay Lesbian Review A moving and an enraging read Bookforum Expansive, intimate, dramatic and elegantly penned a gripping, engrossing read the most essential text of its kind to date Dallas Voice Painfully vivid history Through it all, France captures the immense fortitude of those who continued to fight AIDS when it seemed unbeatable and while they were mourning the many lives lost around them The National Book Review Masterful France knows how to tell a story EDGE Boston Powerful This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field, the best book on the pre treatment years of the epidemic since Randy Shiltss And The Band Played On Most of the people to whom it bears witness are not around to read it, but millions are alive today thanks to their efforts, and this moving record will ensure their legacy does not die with them Sunday Times A subtle and searing history of this late 20th century plague and those who survived it The great advantage France has is that he was an eyewitness to many of the key moments during the spread of the disease and shared in activists pain and suffering The Observer How an impossibly brave and unlikely coalition of gay activists, doctors, scientists and public health officials finally succeeded in putting the brakes on this global catastrophe is the subject of this important and powerfully written new book How to Survive a Plague stands on its own as a richly nuanced telling of a chain of events that forever changed medicine Inspiring, uplifting and necessary reading Financial Times As important as Randy Shilts s And the Band Played On was in 1987, France s work is a must read for a new generation of empowered patients, informed medical practitioners, and challenged caregiverslest history repeat itself Publishers Weekly, starred reviewPrepare to have your heart buoyed and broken in this riveting account In unflinching, brutally honest detail, France traces the lives of the people behind the constellations of aid and advocacy movements and presents their struggles in a way that will have readers stirred by each diagnosis, cheering the efforts to find a cure, and growing frustrated at the political establishments that ignored the terrible tragedy as it unfolded This highly engaging account is a must read for anyone interested in epidemiology, civil rights, gay rights, public health, and American history Library Journal, starred reviewDavid France brilliantly chronicles AIDS in America during the 1980s and 1990s Powerful American history, memoir, public health, and a call to action are perfectly and passionately blended here Spectacular and soulful Booklist, starred reviewA lucid, urgent updating of Randy Shilts And the Band Played On 1987 and a fine work of social history KirkusHeroicand heartbreaking and magnificenthistory throughout, How to Survive a Plague isone of the great tales of our time the story of incrediblybrave and determined men and women who defiedgovernment, the pharmaceutical industry, vicious homophobia,andthe death sentence of AIDSto overwhelman awful scourge.These gay activistsrefusing to die without a fightwere vital in staunching theepidemic.Their resistanceand cunning will remain as seminal to medical history and humanity as the efforts of Pasteur and Salk.Carl Bernstein As one generation grows up with the misconception that AIDS is nothing than a manageable illness, another grows old with the fear that the epidemics early days will disappear into the fog of history How to Survive a Plague is the book for both generations France invokes the terror and confusion of those dark times while simultaneously providing a clear eyed timeline of the epidemics emergence and the disparate, often dissonant forces that emerged to fight it Dale Peck DavidFrance is uniquely positioned to bear witness to the science and politics of the AIDS epidemic, its deeply personal impact, and the activists who refused to be silenced by it courageous and brilliant, often selfless, willing to fight even as they struggle with death, but always fully human.From the storys beginning, France was on the ground doing hard hitting reporting on the plague while living its toll in the most intimate of ways How to Survive a Plagueis a definitive, long awaited and essential account of the plague yearshaunting and hopeful, devastating and uplifting Incredibly important.Rebecca Skloot How to Survive a Plague is both a great and an important book, and we owe David France an enormous debt of gratitude for writing it.At once global and achingly intimate, his story provokes righteous rage, despair, the blackest of humor, heartbreak and, finally, blessedly, hard won hope for all of us.You will not soon forget these smart, courageous, dying young men.In fact, lets call them heroes, since they were Richard Russo How to Survive a Plague is epoch making the whole social and scientific history of AIDS, brilliantly told Informative and entertaining, suspenseful, moving, and personal Edmund White, author of Our Young ManThis is a masterpiece of intimate storytelling with moral purpose, a contemplation not so only of an epidemic of illness but also of an 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