Emergency Sex (and other Desperate Measures)

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 July, 2011, 12:00am

Emergency Sex (and other Desperate Measures)
by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
Ebury Publishing (e-book)

They're the types you try to avoid in Cambodia: UN humanitarian aid workers who drive around in Land Cruisers, live in huge houses and boast about their salaries. Social worker Heidi Postlewait, assigned a job in the UN Electoral Office - which managed logistics for elections in Cambodia in 1993 - figured she could save US$5,000 a month in her job, which would set her up nicely in New York. She is one of three main characters in Emergency Sex, about Americans engaged in the UN's global peacekeeping efforts. After meeting in Cambodia, Postlewait, Ken Cain (a Harvard Law graduate) and Andrew Thomson (a doctor) ricochet off to other trouble spots, including Rwanda, Bosnia, Somalia and Haiti. They feel loneliness and fear as they see the consequences of war and an American-led world order. The book's cohesiveness suffers as it flits between the trio's stories. But not enough to dissuade actor Russell Crowe from co-producing a television series based on the book.

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