All the Young Men

All the Young Men

In 1986, 26-year old Ruth visits a friend at the hospital when she notices that the door to one of the hospital rooms is painted red. She witnesses nurses drawing straws to see who would tend to the patient inside, all of them reluctant to enter the room. Out of impulse, Ruth herself enters the quarantined space and immediately begins to care for the young man who cries fo In 1986, 26-year old Ruth visits a friend at the hospital when she notices that the door to one of the hospital rooms is ...

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Title:All the Young Men
Author:Ruth Coker Burks
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:All the Young Men
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

All the Young Men Reviews

  • Kasia
    Dec 09, 2020
    I am very interested in this topic but while I found the service this author did admirable, this book seemed pretty shallow and the lack of insight made it seem repetitive. I wanted more substance about the men she helped. ...
  • Cheri
    Jul 02, 2020
    Ruth Coker Burks was a young single mom living in Hot Springs, Arkansas in the spring of 1986 along with her young daughter, a daughter whose father was in the picture on weekends until a car accident changed that. But she found a family of another kind when one day she was visiting ...
  • Beth
    Dec 15, 2020
    This is the most inspirational thing I read in this whole awful year! Ruth Coker Burks was a young single mother in 1980?s Hot Springs who stumbled into AIDS activism by accident: while visiting a friend in the hospital, she comforted a man who mistook her for his mother in his last ...
  • Ed
    Jan 17, 2021
    This is a top-notch feel-good read about one of the early champions for HIV/AIDS patients living in small-town Arkansas. Her tenacity, resourcefulness, and compassion left me amazed. She has a lot of personality and laugh-out-loud sense of humor. She affectionately calls her patients &...
  • Stephanie
    Jun 26, 2020
    Sometimes when you browse around on NetGalley, you find a book that calls out to you and that you know you have to read, whether you get approved for it or not, and fortunately, I was lucky enough to be approved for All the Young Men: A Memoir of Love, AIDS, and Chosen Family in the Am...
  • Julie
    Aug 29, 2020
    This is a story you will not soon forget. The book, and the story of Ruth Coker Burks, begins in a hospital where she is helping to care for a friend going through treatment for cancer. When Ruth notices a ?marked? door to a patient?s room, and sees a group of nurses squabblin...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jan 23, 2021
    Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Ruth Coker Burks writes about her experiences caring for HIV/AIDS patients in All the Young Men: A Memoir of Love, AIDS, and Chosen Family in the American South. She wasn?t a nurse or other health care provider. She was jus...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 21, 2021
    A while back I read the fictional account of the AIDS crisis, The Great Believers, which made a huge impression. I personally do not know anyone who has died from this, but I did have a male friend in the late seventies, whose quite wealthy parents gave him a sum of money and disowned ...
  • Angela M
    Dec 20, 2020
    I don?t read very many memoirs, but when I do, I need them to be about extraordinary people and I was not disappointed. Right from the start, we see the fear that people had of those with AIDS,the fear of the unknown of how the disease might spread, even by health care workers as evi...
  • Katee
    Jan 03, 2021
    Ruth Coker Burks is in the hospital visiting a friend when she hears someone asking for help behind a curtain. No one seems to be heading for the cries of help so she pokes her head in. She discovers a man dying of AIDS in need of assistance. This is the mid-1980s and medical pro...
  • Mary
    Dec 05, 2020
    I had forgotten all about the Aids Epidemic. Kudos to this author for her kindness to these men!! ...
  • Neelam Babul
    Jan 25, 2021
    A heart warming and poignant memoir centered around a young woman's desire to help individuals diagnosed with AIDS, who are often stigmatized and shamed for their illness. As devastating and life changing as being labeled ?HIV Positive? can be, it is nonetheless essential to r...
  • Jill Dobbe
    May 31, 2020
    I first heard of Ruth Coker Burks, the author of All the Young Men, on television. This book delves into so much more of her personality, her life, and her work and mission. Burks is a truly remarkable woman who let nothing stand in her way of helping men living with AIDS. Ruth Bur...
  • Amy
    Dec 27, 2020
    Ruth Coker Burks is an angel among humans. Period. She deserves to have her story told and celebrated. (And for all the readers who think this book is too centered on her rather than the men she helped, what you want is called trauma porn. The men she helped suffered enough indignity i...
  • Michael Kerr
    Dec 12, 2020
    Easily the best book I've read this year. It's 1986 in Arkansas, and a young single mother with the highly appropriate name of Ruth visits her friend in hospital. While there, she witnesses hospital staff drawing straws to see who has to go in and and nurse the man behind the...
  • Laura
    May 21, 2020
    I have thought long and hard about what to say about this book, and whatever I come up with doesn?t seem to do it justice. This is a book that will shake you to your very core, restore your faith in humanity, and leave you forever changed. This book is a beautiful testament to th...
  • Julia Klarman litwiller
    Jan 05, 2021
    You know it's a good audiobook read by the author when you are literally tearing up with the author as she reads her story. This woman has had such an amazingly selfless life, it's nice to know people like her exist. You know it's a good audiobook read by the author when y...
  • Robert
    Dec 03, 2020
    An Amazing Read I lived in New York when AIDS began. However, I grew up in the South and knew many of the people discussed in this book. I also knew the legend of Ruth Coker Burks. I am forever grateful for showing compassion when everyone else looked away. She brought love a dignit...
  • Sydney
    Jan 20, 2021
    All the Young Men is both utterly devastating and full of love and friendship. The book begins in 1986 when Burks discovers three nurses drawing straws to decide which will go and attend an AIDS patient in their hospital. What follows is a journey of heartbreak and friendship, a battle...
  • Wendy Armstrong
    Jan 22, 2021
    This books highlights the human rights violations committed against people with HIV/AIDS in 1980s Arkansas, and tells of Ruth Coker Burks's mission to care for and humanize stigmatized men and women with simple kindness and respect. The discrimination and abuse meted out by hos...
  • Tom Mooney
    Jan 24, 2021
    Ruth Coker Burks is an inspirational woman whose bravery in the face of a terrifying epidemic is something we could all learn a great deal from right now. The lengths she went to in order to afford swathes of dying men dignity in death and, eventually, hope, is simply astonishing. I th...
  • Joanne Hall
    Feb 02, 2021
    While I was reading this, I was wondering how on earth I could write a review that wouldn't come across as over the top, or trite, or under-serving of the subject matter. I wasn't sure I would be able to, and I'm still not sure if I was successful. I remember the days...
  • Contrary Reader
    Jan 16, 2021
    What a powerful, moving memoir. Full of fierce bravery, compassion and humility. I?m not ashamed to say I cried numerous time?s. Such relevance too- that initial fear of an unknown virus and its malign effects. Let?s hope no stereotypical and hateful shunning happens now like the...
  • Em__Jay
    Dec 03, 2020
    ALL THE YOUNG MEN is one of those books that produced so many varied and opposing emotions in me. I cried. I laughed. I was angry. I was in awe of Ruth Coker Burks who single handedly did so much to help an already ostracised group of people that society, and especially their own famil...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    Dec 31, 2020
    As recently as last week I became aware of this memoir when I read a trusted friends five star review of it. It sounded inspiring and Angela's words describing All The Young Men. A Memoir of Love, AIDS, and Chosen Family in the American South brought to mind Abraham Verghese&apos...
  • Benjamin Farr
    Dec 21, 2020
    A heartbreaking memoir that looks at the angelic work of Ruth Coker Burks and the tireless work she did during the 1980-90s AIDS health crisis. ...
  • G L
    Nov 18, 2020
    I don?t often cry at books but just thinking about this book makes me teary. ...
  • Annie
    Dec 23, 2020
    Such a good read. Really inspiring to read about the work/education Ruth did and the boundaries she pushed to get help for those suffering with AIDS. It seems crazy now to think people with HIV and AIDS were treated the way they were, and that it was completely the norm to disown, shun...
  • Collin
    Nov 26, 2020
    Three nurses draw straws to see who must attend to the patient in the room with the red tarp covering the door. The patient, or whatever lies behind that door must pose a danger to the nurses because even after the loser has drawn the short straw they still argue, none of them wanting ...
  • Sara
    Nov 24, 2020
    i didnt fully process the author until halfway through the synopsis. if you know queer modern history, particularly the aids epidemic, you may know about ruth coker burks, but you probably remember her better as the "cemetery angel" - suffice to say, i can't wait to read...