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This book is really fascinating, but it is marred by the unfortunate choice of narrator, whose ponderous tempo and patronizing tone are completely unsuited to the actual words that are being read.
This is a career autobiography, so don't expect a lot of family details and such, but the descriptions of the challenges that this passionate doctor faced as he went about pursuing his goal of helping the people who most need helping, are inspiring. The author shows just how hard it can be to be an honest administrator, and how important such people are. He shares his mistakes and failures as well as his successes and honestly discusses some of the unpleasant compromises he made in the pursuit of a laudable goal.
I was particularly impressed with the fact that throughout the book, the author gave credit to other people for achievements which are no doubt often attributed to him alone. Hearing the names of those who have since become known in their own right and those who have not achieved fame was compelling.
I originally picked up this book because I was interested in Piot's experience with Ebola, but this book is much more than a book about diseases. It's a book about human responses and human actions; it's a book about persistence and honor and I was quite inspired by it.
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The memoir of the scientist who ran the beginning of the UN's real work on AIDS/HIV. In general, great, but the end section is all about working through political mechanisms. I can imagine it would be dull for many.
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The story of Mr Piot's struggle and fights with the plague of today was fascinating, I'm afraid that it was only spoilt by it's delivery.
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I had high hopes for this book from the title. I thought it would be a book about a scientist view on global epidemiology but it isn't. The author only covers the first occurrence of Ebola (maybe about a quarter of the book) and AIDS. It dose however give the reader an insiders view on the politics and administrative aspects of global epidemics. I was also disappointed with the narrator. He wasn't very entertaining. All in all a disappointment.