"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 author’s stake in the story." — Boston Globe

"Remarkable… the definitive book on AIDS activism, a long-overdue update on Randy Shilts’ 1987 And the Band Played On… It’s not easy to balance solid journalism with intimate understanding of a subject, and even harder to write eloquently about a disease that’s killing your friends and loved ones. France pulls it off." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Extraordinary… 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… A testament to the bravery, sacrifice, smarts, and humor necessary to win a seemingly unwinnable battle… The chaotic, contentious, painful form of hope offered in this book is vital even as the fight it chronicles remains unfinished." — Slate

"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

"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." — Newsday

"Masterful... [France] knows how to tell a story." — EDGE Boston

"Remarkable… 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, on the cover of The New York Times Book Review

"A lucid, urgent updating of Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On (1987) and a fine work of social history." –Kirkus

"Prepare 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 review

"David France 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 story’s 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 Plague is a definitive, long-awaited and essential account of the plague years—haunting and hopeful, devastating and uplifting. Incredibly important." –Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

"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

"Heroic and heartbreaking and magnificent history throughout, How to Survive a Plague is one of the great tales of our time: the story of incredibly brave and determined men and women who defied government, the pharmaceutical industry, vicious homophobia, and the death sentence of AIDS to overwhelm an awful scourge. These gay activists—refusing to die without a fight—were vital in staunching the epidemic. Their resistance and cunning—while so many of their bodies were weakening and failing—will remain as seminal to medical history and humanity as the efforts of Pasteur and Salk." –Carl Bernstein

"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

"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

"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, let's call them heroes, since they were.” " –Richard Russo, author of Everybody's Fool

"As one generation grows up with the misconception that AIDS is nothing more than a manageable illness, another grows old with the fear that the epidemic’s early days will disappear into the fog of history. How to Survive a Plague is the book for both generations. France has pulled off the seemingly impossible here, invoking the terror and confusion of those dark times while simultaneously providing a clear-eyed timeline of the epidemic’s emergence and the disparate, often dissonant forces that emerged to fight it." –Dale Peck, author of Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS

"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 Shilts’s 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

"[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." —Financial Times

"An authoritative account of a bleak time in human history, the book spans both abject horror and radiant hope—regularly moving you to tears… When science and society come together, France’s 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." —Paste

"Riveting, galvanizing." —Alexandra Schwartz,The New Yorker

"Riveting and comprehensive... Simultaneously intimate and sweeping... France has done no less than preserve the complicated legacy of a time, a place and a group of marginalized individuals who found themselves forced to fight... 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

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