Shawn Smallman has drawn on history, politics, epidemiology, and studies of sexual culture and gender to investigate the AIDS pandemic in Latin America. His book is engagingly written, both thoughtful and thorough, and sheds necessary light on AIDS in the Americas. Those of us who care about global AIDS are indebted to Smallman for telling these stories.--Chris Beyrer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Anyone with an interest in politics, history, language, culture, religion, and, of course, sociology will learn from Dr. Smallman's book, and find it. . . fascinating. . . . One cannot read this book and not be touched by the courage, candor, despair, and hope in it. . . . Demonstrates that in the hands of a great writer statistics, politics, and history come to life.--Doody's Book Review Service
Anyone with an interest in Latin America or an interest in how HIV has differentially affected what appear to be otherwise similar countries will find this book worth reading. . . . It is a knowledgeable historian's perspective, and a very valuable one.--AIDS Reader
[Smallman] uses a critical and socially informed approach. . . . Leads the reader through the entire continent, providing a comprehensive portrait of AIDS across Latin America that accounts for commonalities, patterns, differences, and fractures. . . . In the process, the author also provides a quick compact guide to the history and society of each Latin American region, a component that adds value to a sourcebook that no student of health and illness in the Americas should miss.--The Americas
An ambitious new study of the history of AIDS in the region, will provide . . . anyone interested in the topic with an excellent introduction.--North American Congress on Latin America
An important contribution to the quite scarce literature on this current epidemic in the region. . . . Will appeal not only to a broad audience but also to scholars working in the history of AIDS as epidemic, as well as professionals, activists, and policy makers who are dealing with AIDS as history.--Hispanic American Historical Review
The AIDS Pandemic in Latin America is an attentive and heartfelt exploration. Smallman's nuanced understanding of the cultural and political elements that fuel the disease in the region is both compelling and alarming.--Rory Kennedy
Interesting and provocative. . . . The analysis is original and the subject [is] of crucial importance.--Choice
Provides a history of AIDS, its initial recognition in 1981, and the evolution in understanding its cause and spread.--Choice
An important contribution to what has been, until now, a scarce literature.--Latin American Politics and Society
Recommended to anyone interested in Latin American politics and international politics. . . . Makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of contemporary Latin America's problems and serves as a wake-up call to the disease's devastating impact in the region.--The Latin Americanist
[Smallman] provides the reader with a useful guide to the actual face and history of AIDS for every country and macro-region in Latin America….[and] provides a quick compact guide to the history and society of each Latin American region, a component that adds value to a source book that no student of health and illness in the Americas should miss.--The Americas
In Latin America, Smallman explains, the AIDS pandemic has fractured into a series of subepidemics, driven by different factors in each country. Examining cultural issues and public policies at the country, regional, and global levels, he discusses why HIV has had such a heavy impact on Honduras, for instance, while leaving the neighboring state of Nicaragua relatively untouched, and why Latin America as a whole has kept infection rates lower than other global regions, such as Africa and Asia.
Smallman draws on the most recent scientific research as well as his own interviews with AIDS educators, gay leaders, drug traffickers, crack addicts, transvestites, and doctors in Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico. Highlighting the realities of gender, race, sexuality, poverty, politics, and international relations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Smallman brings a fresh perspective to understanding the cultures of the region as well as the global AIDS crisis.