Full title “The Wisdom of Whores – Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS”.

Please note: only academic books with loads of math and statistics have such interesting (and offensive?) titles.

The offensive things found in this book include the way the spread of AIDS was treated, where mistakes were made and how money was/is made – the “Industry of AIDS”.

Extremely informative about tracking of epidemics, how epidemiologists work, surveying and the problem with surveying, how people don’t fit into “boxes”, no matter how much we want them to and no matter how much they think they do.

This was a fascinating read and if you don’t mind the stats and the math, and you care care about AIDS (or the history of AIDS), this book is a wonderful way to spend some time.

The book chronicles some remarkable culture changes in the people who are “AIDS experts” and how AIDS has changed the lives of some of them in surprising ways.

I had to keep putting this book down and thinking about things – sexual identity, sexual behaviours, social issues, UN politics.

This was a riveting read.