To End a Plague, by Emily Bass

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With his 2003 announcement of a program known as PEPFAR, George W. Bush launched an astonishingly successful American war against a global pandemic. PEPFAR played a key role in slashing HIV cases and AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the brink of epidemic control. Resilient in the face of flatlined funding and political headwinds, PEPFAR is America’s singular example of how to fight long-term plague—and win.
 
To End a Plague is not merely the definitive history of this extraordinary program; it traces the lives of the activists who first impelled President Bush to take action, and later sought to prevent AIDS deaths at the whims of American politics. Moving from raucous street protests to the marbled halls of Washington and the clinics and homes where Ugandan people living with HIV fight to survive, it reveals an America that was once capable of real and meaningful change—and illuminates imperatives for future pandemic wars. Exhaustively researched and vividly written, this is the true story of an American moonshot.

Praise for To End a Plague

“With 25 years of experience as an AIDS activist, journalist Bass makes a vivid book debut with a detailed recounting of a prevention program that effectively stemmed AIDS in Africa…A timely history of successful government intervention.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Bass has written a memory map of activism; a love song to a generation that insisted that African lives mattered. Told with compassion and grit, this is a searing story of a generation of women warriors."
Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country
“Emily Bass reveals a vast and intricate web of cause and effect that spans the globe. A must-read for citizens of countries at the receiving end of donor aid.”
Doreen Baingana, author of Tropical Fish
496 pages.

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