Former UNAIDS epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani's The Wisdom of Whores is available free for a limited time, starting on World AIDS Day.

“A World AIDS Day present from Granta, surely one of the world's most wonderful publishers. From December 1st until the end of the year, you can download the electronic version of The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS absolutely free,” Pisani writes on her blog.

(Follow this link for your electronic copy in the epub format. This ebook requires a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions or a dedicated reader such as iPad to open.)

In the book, now also available in paperback, Pisani writes about the history and politics of HIV, in particular during the Bush era. She takes no prisoners, blaming partisan bureaucrats for a continued rise in global HIV infections. And she urges governments to look at the disease from a cultural behavior standpoint. Take the advice of prostitutes, she argues.

Make fun things – sex and drugs – safer, instead of trying to make safe things – abstinence and monogamy – fun, she writes.

(A video promo of the book is embedded in the right panel of this page.)