Synopses & Reviews
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti. Rescuers and aid workers rushed to save lives as the world pledged more than $15.3 billion for relief and reconstruction. Yet nearly three years later, Haiti is still in crisis. What went wrong?
In this gripping account, award-winning former AP correspondent Jonathan M. Katz bears witness to the devastation — the struggles of its victims — starting with his own unlikely story of survival and takes a hard look at international humanitarian aid, revealing how even the best intentions can leave countries worse off than before. Taking an up-close look at Bill Clinton, Sean Penn, Wyclef Jean, Haitian presidents, past and present, and ordinary people persevering amid the absurdities of life in the quake zone, this vivid and intimate piece of reportage takes the reader inside an unimaginable disaster in one of the most fascinating countries in the world.
About the Author
Jonathan Katz is the 2010 recipient of the Medill Medal of Courage in Journalism and the 2012 winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for this book. He has written for the AP for six years, reporting on the Mexican drug wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the battle that is Washington politics. He was stationed in Haiti for nearly three and a half years and was the only American reporter in the country when the earthquake hit on January 12, 2010. He routinely appears as an expert on Haiti for television and radio, with interviews on ABC news, BBC World Service, WNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, CBC Television, and Democracy Now. Currently hes an editor for the Associated Press based in New York.