Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer

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“Paul Farmer, doctor and aid worker, offers an inspiring insider’s view of the relief effort.”—Financial Times

“The book’s greatest strength lies in its depiction of the post-quake chaos… In the book’s more analytical sections the author’s diagnosis of the difficulties of reconstruction is sharp.” —Economist

“A gripping, profoundly moving book, an urgent dispatch from the front by one of our finest warriors for social justice.” —Adam Hochschild

“His honest assessment of what the people trying to help Haiti did well—and where they failed—is important for anyone who cares about the country or international aid in general.” —Miami Herald

 

About Paul Farmer

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Paul Farmer is co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His most recent book is Haiti After the Earthquake. Other titles include Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights; The New War on the Poor; Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues; and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, all by UC Press.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Relief and reconstruction funds cannot go to government agencies or to rebuild government infrastructure;

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While it's easy to feel overwhelmed by such an enormous disaster, Farmer points out other countries that have healed.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

While at times a bit too insistent on his planned program of recovery, Paul Farmer has written an empathetic, critical and informative analysis of the modern aid structure, Haiti and how the two must be reconciled if the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation can ever hope to stand on its own.

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PopMatters

He writes about how “one NGO installed lights in a settlement only to take them away again when their tour of duty was up.” Farmer relentlessly, in his work and in his book, swings the spotlight back to ordinary Haitians, what they suffered, how they helped other victims — and how they should be ...

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Huntington News

One of the most compelling parts of Paul Farmer's "Haiti After the Earthquake" (PublicAffairs, 456 pages, $27.99, illustrations, notes, index) comes in the "Other Voices" section after Dr. Farmer's eloquent narrative.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Within three days, Dr. Paul Farmer arrived in the Haitian capital, along with a team of volunteers, to lend his services to the injured.In this vivid narrative, Farmer describes the incredible suffering--and resilience--that he encountered in Haiti.

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International Socialist Review

The U.S. military presence, they argued, in addition to preventing “any large scale movements by Haitians to take to the sea…to try to enter the U.S. illegally,” also “offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti’s long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the ...

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