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No Time to Lose The story of a microbiologist's remarkable career, from identifying the Ebolavirus to pioneering AIDS research and policy.

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  • Broché: 416 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (6 mai 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0393345513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393345513
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,4 x 0,3 x 2,1 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par C. Almedal sur 13 décembre 2012
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The book explains a lot, but some names were misspelled... But again that is perhaps a minor comment. I recommend it.
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31 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Wonderful book. Patience is required. 25 juin 2012
Par Vic - Publié sur
Format: Relié
A bit of a disclaimer: My book came from the city library. I heard Dr. Piot's interview on NPR, put the book on hold, and received a pickup notice the next day.

Reading the book is a little like drinking out of a fire hose: the author was personally responsible for a number of important events I have read about in the newspaper-identification of Ebola virus, the issue of the Vatican opposing condoms because, according to Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, condoms were permeable to the AIDS virus (which they are not). Just watch for these because they make for interesting discoveries and ahh moments. The bottom line is that the author was present at a number of events and was often the senior UN spokesman in his role as the executive director of UNAIDS.

The book is a memoir, and in it Dr. Piot is thoroughly direct and very frank regarding his views. For example, upon leaving his UNAIDS post in 2008 he explained: "I was not down nor relieved to abandon the influential pulpit of the UN, nor the snake pit of multilateral politics ... I must admit thought that it was a great feeling to no longer be held responsible for anything that goes wrong on AIDS anywhere in the world." However, Dr. Piot speaks with awe, joy and authority regarding his conversations with key world figures such as Kofi Annan (his boss), Fidel Castro, China Premier Wen Jiabao, and the chief executives of African countries. He also addressed the US Congress to request program funding, which he received.

The book outlines major events in Dr. Poit's life as they relate to the microbiology of infectious diseases, the identification of disease vectors, and a long administrative career at the UN basically trying to "herd cats." He described the frustrations, victories and delicate diplomacy of a senior UN post. He identified that at its root, the UN is an advisory organization - not necessarily a very efficient one - that has to cater to its wealthy benefactor nations - generally involving program and direction - and to the recipient nations - generally African - that are sovereign and have their own sensibilities and pride which are not to be trod upon.

If there are weaknesses, they are two-fold: First, the author identifies a huge number of individuals by name and credits or praises each of them. The second is that there is a lot of description of UN administrivia (but is probably necessary to understand the turnings at the UN). Both of these make for somewhat tedious reading and dull passages in what would otherwise be a lively book. This is a very minor failing, but it is one that the reader needs to accept.

Do I recommend the book: absolutely and without reservation.
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Entertaining autobiography 8 juillet 2012
Par Totoro - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I picked this up from the library as soon as I read the review in the Lancet and thoroughly enjoyed every page (so much so that I am purchasing my own copy and writing a review here, which I rarely do). Dr. Piot has had the good fortune of being a smart guy who was in the right place at the right time for several historic events. He tells his story with a charming blend of down-to-earth humor and shrewd insight, which is more than can be said for many other autobiographies that are printed. He also does a great job of explaining technical concepts and terms without ever slowing down the pace of the book, which is regularly peppered with fascinating vignettes of his experiences with dictators, health ministers, the clergy, and more. Some of these are laugh-out-loud funny, while others are sobering. Just these "war stories" alone are worth the price of the book.

The later chapters of the book describe the complicated political machinations that are part and parcel of a career in international civil servant. Some may find these less riveting than his swashbuckling early years chasing viruses in the jungle, but I was interested to see how a scientist became a successful people manager, activist, and diplomat - not an easy list of roles! While I agree with the shortcomings that the previous two reviews point out, I think their comments should be taken with a grain of salt. This is a man who has had a long and productive career, and while his naming names can be sometimes fascinating and sometimes frustrating, he should be forgiven for wanting to call out people who have traveled the same path with him. As for self-aggrandizing, well, it IS an autobiography, and it's all a matter of perspective.
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fascinating topic, less than compelling author 20 août 2012
Par Jesse S. Walker - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I picked up this book on the idea that it contained history about discovering Ebola and AIDS. While it does have this information it was a muddle to get through.

The author has lived what can only be considered a fascinating life in working in these epidemics but it barely shows. He spends dozens of pages telling you the comings and goings of dozens of scientists, all of which seem to be described as having a great sense of humor and brilliant, before he gives a little nugget of what doing his work was like. At about 150 pages in he essentially becomes an administrator and it gets worse before it gets better.

The description of the book gives the idea that the book was equally about both Ebola and AIDS but it turns out Ebola was really his lead into his AIDS work. While still noble it left me feeling slightly deceived by the publisher.

The book gives a lot of information about the discovery of AIDS and how things progressed but it really isn't as compelling as it could be. While he mentions the studies that were done, there appear to have been so many that he doesn't do a very good job of explaining their significance before moving on.

A life as obviously interesting as his has been really does deserve a better book, perhaps something more like Deadly Feasts: The "Prion" Controversy and the Public's Health. Sadly the author is almost certainly not the best person to write this book. I wanted to like this book (and I do admire the author) but the book is hopelessly muddled for the average reader.
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An important autobiography 3 février 2014
Par Andrew Wilson - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I found this to be a relatively unselfconscious autobiography of an important player in the Ebola and HIV/Aids epidemics. While the science of virology is touched on relatively lightly, for me the real importance and most troubling message of the book lies in its revelation of the difficulties faced in getting a rational transnational response to one of mankind's most serious transnational problems. I enjoyed reading this book and have since thought about it a lot. It was not a difficult read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in medicine, medical history or politics. Those interested in the standing of science in governance or the status of women and minorities in societies will also gain from reading this book.
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Good book, slowed down a bit in the end though. 25 avril 2013
Par Steve F. - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I just finished reading this and I'm not sure if It was exactly what I expected going in but I found it a very interesting read.

What I went into this book expecting was a lot of science talk about finding cures and analyzing viruses and the way the blurb on the back was written I thought it would be about half about Ebola and half about AIDS. However there was very little science in the book, Dr. Piot was an epidemiologist, which appears to be more of a combination of a detective and a statistician with some scientist thrown in there as well and all of the Ebola was over about 1/6 of the way into the book.

Even though it wasn't really what I expected to be reading I still found the book to be fascinating, I think it was really interesting to go back and dig into what AIDS was like before there was treatment and and hearing about how huge to that community each advancement was. I would have liked to read more about Ebola, because I think that it is an intriguingly scary disease, but I understand that this isn't the right place for that.

The book really slowed down for me in the last third or so, when Dr.Piot became more of an administrator, and it turned into him talking more about fundraising and negotiating with heads of state than about diseases, treatments and containment strategies, which I'm sure was tough, but not nearly as interesting a read.

Overall I thought it was a good read, but I maybe should have just skimmed the end.
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