More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a global response that reached $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the effort has foundered. Its most important promises--to rebuild safer cities, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters--remain unfulfilled. How did so much generosity amount to so little? What went wrong?
The Big Truck That Went By presents a hard hitting investigation into international aid, finding that the way wealthy countries give today makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter."
Reporting at the side of Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn, Haiti's leaders and people, Katz also creates a complex, darkly funny, and unexpected portrait of one of the world's most fascinating countries. The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.
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Von boukman Am hilfreichsten 21.07.2015
Love Haiti? Read this book
If you've ever fell in love with Haiti, then you must read this book. Jonathan Katz has written an account of quake and postquake Haiti that is so lively, so touching, so real that it makes you feel being in it. The speaker did a good job too but obviously has no clue of creole pronunciation, but that is a minor issue. This book is authentic and makes you want to jump on a plane and be back in Haiti again.