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Black Death: AIDS in Africa

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
To the surprise of many, George W. Bush pledged $10 billion to combat AIDS in developing nations. Noted specialist Susan Hunter tells the untold story of AIDS in Africa, home to 80 percent of the 40 million people in the world currently infected with HIV. She weaves together the history of colonialism in Africa, an insider's take on the reluctance of drug companies to prov ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003)
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Nick Huntington-Klein
A very confused book. On AIDS in Africa, the author seems to have her facts together. Everything else is very odd. And surprisingly, there is a [i]lot[/i] of everything else.

I'm not sure what possessed the author to dedicate the majority of the book to a history of epidemics in general, or even more oddly to a biography of Charles Darwin. I can see how those things are related, but they don't really tell us much of anything that's actually useful. Most of the book is dedicated to this sort of ta
Jennifer Burns
May 09, 2008 Jennifer Burns rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rachel
An easy read put together in an interesting way. The author traces the AIDS epidemic in Africa by combining anthropological, historical, sociological and autobiographical approaches. It inculdes Darwinism, local Ugandans, poverty, colonization and decolonization, and global epidemic(s) history(s). When I first began I thought "ut oh," but as I continued it became very interesting (and easy to jump parts as necessary).
An interesting view of diseases, viruses, and epidemics. It uses fictional characters dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and short commentary of Darwin's voyage on the Beagle and his subsequent as the backdrop, but spends an equal amount of time on the history of other viruses.
Oct 15, 2008 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to learn the reality of AIDS in Africa.
I read this book while working in an AIDS orphanage in Zambia and it really answered a lot of questions I had lingering in my head. If anyone wants to really understand the plight of AIDS, and poverty in Africa, this is a really good start.
If you want a factual/updated book about AIDS in Africa--this is not it!
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