How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS (Paperback)
Queer history is inexorably linked to the AIDs epidemic in America. As someone who came of age in the aughts, I wasn't witness to the outright suffering the gay community faced and the heroic efforts of queer men and women to make our country care and react. Thank you to David France for making this breadth of knowledge available to us, so we do not forget how much work it takes to gain even the most basic levels of humanity in some eyes.
In our current political upheaval, this beautifully told narrative history offers equal parts inspiration and forewarning. There is evil and injustice in our world and there are people doing more than there share to set things right. I hope it inspires other readers to do what they can, too, to help spread the burden of change around.— From Cody M. Staff Picks
One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Decade
A definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, here is the incredible story of the grassroots activists whose work turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Almost universally ignored, these men and women learned to become their own researchers, lobbyists, and drug smugglers, established their own newspapers and research journals, and went on to force reform in the nation’s disease-fighting agencies. From the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary of the same name, How to Survive a Plague is an unparalleled insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights.
About the Author
DAVID FRANCE is the author of Our Fathers, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, which Showtime adapted into a film. He coauthored The Confessionwith former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. 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. His book of the same title won a Baillie Gifford Prize, a Green Carnation Prize, the Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award, a Lambda Literary award, the Randy Shilts Award, and a National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association award for excellence in HIV/AIDS coverage. It was shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and the Wellcome Prize in Literature. The author lives in New York City.
One of Slate's Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years and one of LitHub's Best Nonfiction Works of the Decade
“Breathtakingly important. . . . David France managed to simultaneously break my heart and rekindle my anger.” —Steven Petrow, The Washington Post
“Inspiring. We owe so much to those brave activists and to Mr. France for writing this vital book.” —Anderson Cooper, The Wall Street Journal
“France delivers a monumental punch in the gut; his book is as moving and involving as a Russian novel. . . . An intimate, searing memoir and a vivid, detailed history.” —The Washington Post
“A riveting, galvanizing account.” —The New Yorker
“So real to someone who witnessed it that I had to put this volume down and catch my breath.” —Andrew Sullivan, The New York Times Book Review
“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