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

The Big Truck that Went byThis is a must-read for anyone who cares about and contributes to countries that have suffered some type of disaster. Written by an AP reporter who lived in Haiti before, during, and after the 2010 earthquake, it describes the many failures of disaster relief and reconstruction efforts. For example, providing free rice actually undermines the economy, putting Haiti’s own rice farmers out of business. Countries that boast about how much they’re contributing financially often do not come through with the money and/or include in those tallies forgiveness of debt, which really does not contribute to the disaster recovery. A final cap on the problem was cholera introduced to Haiti by UN workers, who then denied any wrong doing. A compelling, well-written, and well-researched book.

Reviewed by Vicki


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