Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

by Craig Timberg, Daniel Halperin
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Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It by Craig Timberg, Daniel Halperin

"Remarkable... reads like a detective novel."—The New Yorker

In this groundbreaking work that reads like a detective novel, longtime Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg and award-winning AIDS researcher Daniel Halperin tell the surprising story of how Western colonial powers unwittingly sparked the AIDS epidemic and then fanned the flames. Drawing on remarkable new science, Tinderbox overturns the conventional wisdom on the origins of this deadly pandemic, and in a riveting narrative that stretches from colonial Leopoldville to 1980s San Francisco to South Africa today, it reveals how human hands unleashed this epidemic and can now overcome it, if only we learn the lessons of the past.

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ISBN-13: 9780143123002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Craig Timberg is the former Johannesburg bureau chief for the Washington Post and its deputy national security editor. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., was a top technical advisor in the U.S. government's program to combat AIDS. He is an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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LloydSchofield More than 1 year ago
It's a well known fact that circumcision has been a cure in search of a disease in the US for well over a century. Halperin has made a career of attempting to promote circumcision as a cure all and this book is no exception to that rule. Independent studies show that one in five new African HIV infections are caused by surgical intervention using non sterile instruments. African men were not given informed consent prior to their circumcision and indeed most were left to believe that they could forgo using a condom if they were circumcised. These unethical practices smack of cultural imperialism and racism and have done more harm to African society and wasted millions of dollars that could have been directed to programs that work, counseling, medication and supplying condoms and clean water. This book belongs in the trash for pushing a harmful and biased agenda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an old saw that circumcision prevents HIV. Halperin fails to disclose his religious bias in his promotion of circumcision. Halperin's grandfather was a mohel, or a rabbi specially trained in circumcision. Halperin was a strong advocate of circumcision before his "research." The United States has the highest circumcision rate for males of sexually active age, yet also has the highest HIV rate for developed countries. Explain that one Haperin! Halperin also seems to have a fascination in surgically reducing the penises of poor black African men. Why don't we have a psychotherapist research his obsession, I would love to read that book. Halperin probably wrote this book so his students at John Hopkins would have to buy it for their classes. $$$$$$$$$$$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writer does a great job of presenting clear readable information on the plight of Africa in regard to HIV . He combines real people with the facts in a way thatis easy to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago