A journalist and HIV/AIDS activist delves into the history of the United States' 2003 program known as PEPFAR, which played a key role in slashing HIV cases and AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the brink of epidemic control. Not merely a history of this extraordinary program, this book traces the lives of the activists who first impelled President George W. Bush to take action and later sought to prevent AIDS deaths at the whims of American politics.
... a granular yet wide-ranging history of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) ... Bass’s personal reflections occasionally distract from the larger story, and the level of detail may be overwhelming for generalists. Still, readers with a background in the subject will consider this essential.
... a vivid book debut with a detailed recounting of a prevention program that effectively stemmed AIDS in Africa ... acronyms sometimes overwhelm the narrative ... A timely history of successful government intervention.