How to Survive a Plague by David France audiobook

How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS

By David France
Read by Rory O'Malley

Random House Audio
24.48 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781524708122

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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Award for Nonfiction

Longlisted for the Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A Slate Magazine Best Book in Nonfiction for the Last 25 Years

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade in Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book of 2016

A Newsweek Best Book of 2016

One of the New Yorker’s Best Books of 2016

A San Francisco Chronicle Top Shelf Pick of Books We Love

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Riveting, galvanizing.” New Yorker
“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
“Rory O’Malley’s…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.” AudioFile
“Masterful…Despite its grim subject, this is an inspiring book.” The Economist (London)
“This is the crucial book for understanding how one of the great social transformations of our era was not the result of the arc of history bending naturally toward justice but the arc of history bending thanks to the tireless, agonizing work of those who put their lives on the line.” Slate
"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 refusal—in the face of ignorance, hatred and death—to be silenced or to give up. Chicago Tribune
“Remarkable…the definitive book on AIDS activism.” San Francisco Chronicle
“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. Washington Post
“Expansive, intimate, dramatic and elegantly-penned… a gripping, engrossing read.” Dallas Voice
“Flawless. Masterfully written, impeccably researched, and full of feeling for the living and dead heroes of the AIDS movement.” Newsday
“France uses the techniques of the epic 19th-century novel so well that the line between fiction and nonfiction blurs… Full of vivid, intimate detail.” Gay & Lesbian Review
“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.” National Book Review
“This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field.” Sunday Times (London)
[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
“Prepare to have your heart buoyed and broken in this riveting account.” Library Journal, starred review
David 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 review
“A lucid, urgent updating of Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On (1987) and a fine work of social history.” Kirkus Reviews
“Haunting and hopeful, devastating and uplifting. Incredibly important.” Rebecca Skloot, New York Times bestselling author
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 Man
“This is a masterpiece of intimate storytelling with moral purpose, a contemplation not so only of an epidemic of illness but also of an epidemic of resilience. It’s a book about courage and kindness and anger and joy, written with fierce, passionate intensity and utter conviction. Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

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Author

Author Bio: David France

Author Bio: David France

David France is the author of several acclaimed books of nonfiction, including Our Fathers, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, which Showtime adapted into a film. He coauthored The Confession with former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. His How to Survive a Plague a Baillie Gifford Prize, the Stonewall Award-Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award, and a Lambda Literary award, among others. He is a contributing editor for New York and has written as well for the New York Times. His documentary film How to Survive a Plague was an Oscar finalist, won a Directors Guild Award and a Peabody Award, and was nominated for two Emmys, among other accolades.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 24.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English