The Big Truck That Went By by Jonathan M. Katz
How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

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Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan AwardWinner of the Washington Office on Latin America/Duke Human Rights Book AwardWinner of the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress AwardFinalist for the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book PrizeFinalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in JournalismNamed a best book of the year by Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews & Amazon.com
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle one. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers inside the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and through the monumental--yet misbegotten--rescue effort that followed.
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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Jonathan M. Katz was 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 wrote and edited for the Associated Press for eight years in about a dozen countries and territories, three and a half years of which he spent living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was the only full-time American reporter on the ground when the earthquake struck. Katz is often featured as an expert on Haiti on television and radio.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A top-notch account of Haiti's recent history, including the January 2010 earthquake, from the only American reporter stationed in the country at the time.

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Former AP correspondent, now editor, Katz was the only American reporter on the ground when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.

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Katz’s compassion and storytelling skills make this book about the gulf between Haiti’s poor and the West’s wealthy rescuers both uncomfortable and compelling reading.

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Christian Science Monitor

Foreign rescue privileged privilege: In one of his most heartbreaking stories, Katz writes about a young girl Haitian workers didn’t have the tools to rescue.

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Christian Science Monitor

The numbers are not inspiring: Six months after the United States pledged $1.15 billion to Haiti in response to the 2010 earthquake, not one dime had arrived in the country.

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The Bookbag

For an engaging fictional account of the Haiti quake, try In Darkness by Nick Lake You can read more book reviews and buy The Big Truck That Went By by Jonathan M Katz at Amazon and Waterstones.

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The Boston Globe

Katz succeeds in transporting the reader straight into the midst of the events he describes so eloquently, without attempting to gloss over the harshness of everyday life in Haiti, both before and after the earthquake.

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In this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers inside the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and through the monumental--yet misbegotten--rescue effort that followed.
More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti...

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