An African tribal massacre. A virus. A Cold War mystery. A bloodthirsty dictator. Small-town wife follows visionary husband to West Africa in a campaign that will be hailed as the greatest achievement in the history of public health, the eradication of smallpox from the planet. What price will the family pay?
“Bee Bloeser’s story reads like a political thriller, women’s history, and African adventure rolled into one….she brings insight and humor to a dark tale of disease, corruption and genocide that unfolds around her, her husband, and their two small children. Riveting.” So says Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Pamela Alexander, a beta reader.
VACCINES AND BAYONETS is the story of living and working on the front lines of war against a virulent disease–first in Nigeria, and then, in a slowly rising tide of disaster as Equatorial Guinea’s society collapses into a hotbed of suspicion, hatred, and murder.
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