One problem that emerged during the Cambodian elections was the uneven quality of the troops available to the UN for peacekeeping duty. Graphic, lyrical, and astonishingly urgent, Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures is a celebration of the strength of the human spiritand of the gritty power of friendship to keep you alive. These included the Muslims of Srebrenica, who were massacred when Dutch peacekeepers stood aside to let the Serb butchers do their work, Haitian victims of political violence who had given statements against their torturers and were exposed to reprisals when a US Navy warship retreated in the face of a Haitian mob, and many others besides. The authors are scathing in their denunciation of the Clinton Administration for retreating in the face of the Somali militia. Thomson is a New Zealand—trained doctor who has already been there for a short while, patching up limbs shattered by land mines and looking for a corner of the world to save. This is non-fiction that reads like an historical novel, entertaining, enlightening and full of tension and mystery. But soon our intrepid young peacekeepers were redeployed to places where there was no peace to keep, places where they were at best ineffective and at worst part of the problem. There they met Andrew Thomson, a doctor from New Zealand who had already spent a good deal of time in country doing humanitarian work. Idealism, financial need, thirst for adventure and the desire to be a part of history bring them there, and the high they get from doing their work keeps them flitting around the globe, looking for hot spots to help cool down. From Cambodia, Somalia and Haiti, to Bosnia, Rwanda and Liberia, Cain, Postlewait and Thomson find death, sex, bureaucratic betrayal, sex, liberation from their pasts and seamy, regret-tainted sex amid the body parts and rotting flesh.