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The Invisible Cure
Africa, the West, and the Fight against AIDS
Helen Epstein
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 352 pp.

Recently, Africa has become a continent of great concern to much of the American public, riveting the attention of both philanthropists and political activists. Indeed, one of the covers of the July edition of Vanity Fair (there were several) pictured Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu embracing Hollywood celebrity Brad Pitt. The entire issue was dedicated to Africa and edited by rock-star-turned-activist Bono. Why this renewed interest in the problems of Africa?...

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Melissa M. Matthes teaches in the Government/Humanities Department of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.