How to survive a plague

The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS

by David France
Alfred A. Knopf - Vintage - Picador - Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

One of the Best Books of the Year
The New York Times • San Francisco Chronicle  The New Yorker  Newsweek
The Economist

"This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field, the best book on the pretreatment years of the epidemic since Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On (1987) which it corrects in places." —Oliver Thring, The Sunday Times (London)

“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

"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 #1 New York Times bestselling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


the Bailie gifford prize for non-fiction 2017

The Green Carnation Prize 2017

Lambda Literary award for LGBTQ Nonfiction 2017

THe publishing triangle randy shilts award for Gay non-fiction


The wellcome book prize (2017)


USA Hardcover, Nov 29, 2016 | 640 Pages

USA Paperback, Oct 03, 2017 | 656 Pages

Spectacular and soulful.
— Booklist (Starred Review)
Masterful....A salient reminder of what can be achieve by citizens who remain unbowed and unbroken.
— The Economist
The definitive book on AIDS activism.
— San Francisco Chronicle

The verdict: Stunning in its insight.
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Our fathers

The secret life of the catholic church in
an age of scandal

by David France
Broadway Books - Random House

"Our Fathers has a kind of compulsive readability that paradoxically accompanies the feeling of being overwhelmed...France succeeds marvelously." —Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review

"Our Fathers adopts the ambitious format of works of living history like And the Band Played On and Common Ground...a valuable...sometimes shocking account." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"[France's] narrative sweep is generous, authoritative, smart, powerful, and— at the risk of using a much abused term—novelistic. The cast of characters brought to life is impressive...The admiration David France earns is rivaled only by the heartbreak and indignation generated by his brave, important book." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Our Fathers will appeal to a broad audience—a good read, well-balanced and well-researched." —National Catholic Reporter

Shocking! Makes Basic Instinct seem like a tease.

Bag of toys


By David France
Warner Books - Pinnacle

"More frightening than Silence of the Lambs...because every detail is true!" —The Flint Journal

"From the international art scene to the dungeons of Manhattan's sex clubs...A real-life horror story that will make your hair stand on end." —Steven Gaines, Author of Simply Halston

"(France's) demon research goes a long way to persuade us that justice has miscarried, that Andrew Crispo should not be a free man today." —Grace Glueck, New York Times Book Review