Recent research suggests AIDS has been in the human population longer than previously believed, and that in parts of Africa, homegrown initiatives have been more successful at preventing the spread of HIV than the efforts of Western donors.
In the 1960s, Americans were focused on space and the idea of sending a man to the moon. In the meantime, a scrappy group of sea-dwelling divers were looking down—to the bottom of the ocean—and opening a vast undersea world to human exploration.
In “Leningrad,” author Anna Reid recounts the siege and contends that the death toll would have been far lower under a different sort of government, one better prepared and more responsive to the challenges faced by the city’s citizens.
It’s been more than four decades since the last use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, but the impact of the U.S. military’s defoliation campaign is still being felt by the Vietnamese people.
In “A Thousand Lives,” author Julia Scheeres makes it clear that Jim Jones never intended for his colony in Guyana to succeed. In fact, he explored many different means of killing his followers, including loading them onto a jet plane and crashing it.
Since 1996 more than 5.5 million people have died in a conflict involving at least a half-a-dozen African countries, yet the carnage has gone largely unnoticed in the outside world.