Why I recommend this — 7 years ago
Stephen Lewis is one of the Canadians that really makes me feel there is some good in this world. This book is a passionate plea to take up arms against a sea of indifference and apathy and a damning indictment of those who have sat by and allowed to AIDS crisis to reach pandemic proportions in Africa.
With quiet fortitude and ample reserves of compassion and fire, he wrote this book as a companion to the annual Massey Lecture series, of which he was last year’s speaker. It is heady at times, and he is wont to lapse into UN jargon from time to time, but he sets out simply and unflinchingly steps which must be immediately taken to head off the crisis and make education, women, children (especially those orphaned by the disease) and food uncompromising priorities. I challenge anyone to stand up and say neoliberal macroeconomic policies like structural adjustment are beneficial for developing countries after reading this book.
You will not be unmoved.