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OK if you're in the business
on 21 August 2013
The back cover plaudit says it all: "[Piot] is wonderfully amusing, and critical, about the turf wars between international agencies ..." That is basically what this book consists of: a catalogue of unmemorable names and acronyms; of who did which job for which agency at which stage; of which agency bagged which patch; and meetings, meetings, meetings. It is no doubt what the job entailed - and this guy definitely did a great and humanitarian task - but I'm afraid it does not make a great read unless you were involved at some level. A great virus-hunting romp it is not.
If you are looking for further reading after Spillover, this ain't it. If you're looking for the medical politics of handling the aids epidemic in Africa, then this maybe what you are after. For the general reader, I don't recommend it.