28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

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Walker, May 1, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 375 pages
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For the past six years, Stephanie Nolen has traced AIDS across Africa, and 28 is the result: an unprecedented, uniquely human portrait of the continent in crisis. Through riveting, anecdotal stories, she brings to life men, women, and children involved in every AIDS arena, making them familiar. And she explores the effects of an epidemic that well exceeds the Black Plague in scope, and the reasons why we must care about what happens.
 
In every instance, Nolen has borne witness to the stories she relates, whether riding with truck driver Mohammed Ali on a journey across Kenya; following Tigist Haile Michael, a smart, shy fourteen-year-old Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa; chronicling the efforts of Alice Kadzanja, an HIV-positive nurse in Malawi; or interviewing Nelson Mandela's family about coming to terms with his own son's death from AIDS. Nolen's stories reveal how the disease works and spreads; how it is inextricably tied to conflict and famine and to the diverse cultures it has ravaged; how treatment works, and how people who can't get treatment fight to stay alive with courage and dignity against huge odds.
 
Imagine the entire population of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles combined infected with HIV, and its magnitude in Africa is clear. Writing with power and simplicity, Stephanie Nolen makes us listen, allows us to understand, and inspires us to care. Timely and transformative, 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of humankind. Click here to learn more about Stephanie Nolen and her book, 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa. Click here to listen to an interview with author Stephanie Nolen, as she talks about some of the people she has met covering AIDS in Africa.

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User Review  - Gavin Burgin - Goodreads

This book was a great read and Stephanie Nolen did a great job reporting and writing these stories. I thought that the way she described HIV and where it started and how it spread throughout Africa ... Read full review

Review: 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

User Review  - Valarie - Goodreads

This book was well-researched and provided a very interesting perspective of the AIDS pandemic as it manifests in Africa. My only criticism would be that the author primarily interviewed upper-class ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Stephanie Nolen is the award-winning Africa bureau chief for Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and one of only three journalists in the world wholly dedicated to the AIDS story. She has reported from more than forty countries around the world, and won Canada’s National Newspaper Award for International Reporting two years in a row. Nolen was the recipient of the 2003 and 2004 Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting, for reports from war zones in Uganda and Sudan, and also won the Markwell Award of the International Society of Political Psychology for her “creative brilliance, humanitarian compassion, personal courage, and relentless pursuit of truth.” She is the author of Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race and Shakespeare’s Face. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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