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Required Reading for Africa Hands, 13 Mar 2013
If you have visited Africa or you are a vet then this is required reading. Minor has a delightful easy-to-read style and tells a good story: it is a bit big to slip in the pocket but is ideal for the hand luggage on a journey or to read by the side of the pool. Butnot only veterinary surgeons and people who have lived and worked in Africa should read this book, but also politicians, and public policy makers as Minor has a great deal to say about aid and how it can ruin agriculture in the assisted countries. He also discusses the role of aid providers and how actions they take can ruin services in the country aided. The actions of The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations are highlighted. He also talks about the lengths that countries go to protect their tourist industries; in particular he discusses how Kenya put its tourists at risk of contracting rabies by hiding the fact that this disease had become established on the Kenya coast, one of its principal tourist attractions. Minor is certainly opinionated, but his opinions are soundly based and clearly explained.. It is a pity about the quality of the reproduction of the photographs, but despite this, the book deserves a very wide public.