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  • How to Survive a Plague

  • The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS
  • By: David France
  • Narrated by: Rory O'Malley
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ Studies
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Summary

Winner of The Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ literature
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT nonfiction
Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017

How to Survive a Plague by David France is the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.

Not since the publication of Randy Shilts's now classic And the Band Played On in 1987 has a book sought to measure the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.

Weaving together the stories of dozens of individuals, this is an insider's account of a pivotal moment in our history and one that changed the way that medical science is practised worldwide.

©2017 David France (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field." ( Sunday Times)
"Inspiring, uplifting and necessary reading." (Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes, Financial Times)

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A piece of history that needs to be shared

Finding myself listening to this felt very timely given current circumstances, but I can truly say the compassionate, brutal honesty France shares in this book should be shared with more people.
O'Malley narrates the book well, keeping pace consistent and giving every section the tone befitting its contents.
A long listen but one very worth the time. Eye-opening to a piece of history I knew very little about, if I retain even a fraction of the information in this book, my knowledge about the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be better than anything taught to me at school in recent years. Only 30 years since some of these events and so much is being forgotten.

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This is essential listening.

There were many moments throughout listening to this book that I had to stop and cry either out of anger, sadness, hope, joy or pride. David France's first hand experience and access to key figures throught his research for this book made me feel like I was living the story today whether I liked it or not.

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