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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ISBN-13: 9781101560617
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Craig Timberg is the former Johannesburg bureau chief for The Washington Post. From his position, he visited twenty-three African nations  and penned dozens of major stories about AIDS. He is now The Washington Post's deputy national security editor.
Daniel Halperin, PhD, is an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has taught at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a top technical adviser in the US government's PEPFAR program to combat AIDS.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Book I Silent Spread

1 Francistown 13

2 Searching for the Beginning 23

3 One Tiny Speck of Truth 30

4 A Tale of Two Viruses 37

5 The Lion and Dr. Livingstone 42

6 Femmes Vivant Théoriquement Seules 53

7 The Gift 61

8 The Big Bang 67

Book II An Epidemic of Politics

9 Americanizing AIDS 77

10 It Can't Be Here Already! 85

11 Attention na SIDA 92

12 You Won't Believe 100

13 Fear Worked 109

14 Born in Africa 119

15 The Condom Code 126

16 The Beat-up 136

17 Things Just Fell Apart 152

Book III The Humbling

18 X Factor 169

19 The Interests of the ANC 181

20 Poverty Trap 192

21 A, B, and C 198

22 On the Jericho Road 206

23 Gordon and Thandi 213

24 A Marshall Plan for Botswana 224

25 What Shall We Do? 234

26 Raymond the Great 243

27 Makhwapheni Uyabulala 256

28 The Flood 263

29 Mother and Son 272

30 What Shall We Do? Part II 280

Epilogue 297

Appendix: How the AIDS Epidemic Can Be Overcome 305

Acknowledgments 318

Notes 321

References to the Appendix 388

Additional Suggested Readings 403

Index 406

What People are Saying About This

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"A remarkable volume. With rare clarity, Tinderbox lays bare the origins of the AIDS virus, and then reveals the often hapless and delinquent responses of the international community. It's a fascinating read: relentlessly honest, sometimes scathing, alway principled."
    —Stephen Lewis, Founder/Director of AIDS-Free World, Former UN Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa

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

“Gripping … buy the book.”—The Nation

"A strong warning to those who would disregard the cultural specificities of those one is trying to serve."The New York Times (EDITORS CHOICE)

"Tinderbox will help readers understand...why the period ahead is so critical in fighting the epidemic. Millions of lives depend on the effort."The Washington Post

“In addition to a useful history of the disease, Timberg and Halperin examine how to confront it and develop more effective ways to fight it…[Timberg and Halpern] present a forceful case with which future students of HIV and AIDS will have to reckon.Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

“Insightful.”—Salon

 “Essential for understanding a relentlessly urgent issue.”—Library Journal

An essential and engrossing read, Timberg and Halperin’s sweeping work covers AIDS from its origins…to its impact on the world today…Extensively researched, eminently readable and accessible, Timberg and Halperin’s work is a notable and invaluable addition to the AIDS canon.”—Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

"Tinderbox is an unusually compelling and informative account of how the AIDS epidemic has affected the world, particularly the peoples of Africa. In a compassionate and engaging manner, Timberg and Halperin bring to life the story from its beginnings to the most recent evidence on how to effectively prevent further tragedy."
—Jay Levy, M.D., director, Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research, University of California, San Francisco

"Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin have written a searing book about the AIDS epidemic. Tinderbox is an indictment of Western ineptitude and meddling and lost opportunities to prevent millions of infections and deaths. But it also contains valuable prescriptions for making changemdash;and it's an important read for anyone who cares about Africa."
—Stephanie Nolen, author of 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

"Timberg and Halperin have been challenging conventional wisdom (and behavior change skeptics like me) for years. Their book is entertaining, thought-provoking, human, and in the end, hopeful for a continent that craves some answers after two decades of HIV prevention failures."
—Francois Venter, M.D., president, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society

"Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On was the first—and for decades the best—book on AIDS. Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin's Tinderbox is every bit as good, revealing the same denial, the same story of politics trumping science, and the same tragedy. This time, it is about the whole world, not just San Francisco. Read it!"
—Malcolm Potts, M.D., author of The AIDS Reader and Ever Since Adam and Eve

"The sometimes glorious, often tragic constellation of science, politics, and personalities in the fight against AIDS comes to life in the masterful storytelling of an energetic journalist and a passionate scientist."
—Arthur Allen, author of Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

"An excellent read. Tinderbox brilliantly outlines the successes, failures, and missed opportunities in the battle of HIV prevention over the last thirty years."
—Elly Katabira, M.D., president, International AIDS Society

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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