Never the Hope Itself by Gerry Hadden
Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti

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A former NPR correspondent takes you into his own ghost-filled life as he reports on a region in turmoil. Gerry Hadden was training to become a Buddhist monk when opportunity came knocking: the offer of a dream job as NPR’s correspondent for Latin America. Arriving in Mexico in 2000 during the nation’s first democratic transition of power, he witnesses both hope and uncertainty. But after 9/11, he finds himself documenting overlooked yet extraordinary events in a forgotten political landscape. As he reports on Colombia’s drug wars, Guatemala’s deleterious emigration, and Haiti’s bloody rebellion, Hadden must also make a home for himself in Mexico City, coming to terms with its ghosts and chasing down the love of his life, in a riveting narrative that reveals the human heart at the center of international affairs.

 

About Gerry Hadden

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Gerry Hadden is the Europe Correspondent for Public Radio International’s The World. He lives in Barcelona with his partner, Mouche, and their two children, Lula and Nino.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 355 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Instead of embarking on a meditation retreat, Hadden suddenly got a dream job offer from NPR and was sent first to Mexico City, just as Vicente Fox was gaining election as president in 2000, then to Haiti, where pro– and anti–Jean-Bertrand Aristide factions were threatening to derail an important...

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Former NPR correspondent Hadden's offbeat, gripping memoir relates his experiences covering migrations, earthquakes, and revolutions in Latin America in the first years of the 21st century.

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However from reading Gerry Hadden's memoir Never the Hope Itself, it seems reporters in foreign lands certainly have their fair share of scrapes and scraps.

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