On January 12, 2010 a massive earthquake
laid waste to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing hundreds of
thousands of people. 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. Having worked in the country for nearly thirty
years, he skillfully explores the social issues that made
Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake--the very issues that
make it an "unnatural disaster." Complementing
his account are stories from other doctors, volunteers,
and earthquake survivors.
Haiti After the Earthquake will both inform
and inspire readers to stand with the Haitian people against
the profound economic and social injustices that formed
the fault line for this disaster.
This compelling and inspiring book, now
in a deluxe paperback edition, shows how one person can
work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize—winning
author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man
who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to
In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s
calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving
tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s
magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru,
Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through
his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real
nation is humanity.” At the heart of this book is
the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding
of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains
there are mountains”–as you solve one problem,
another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try
to solve that one too.
“Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with
a force of gathering revelation,” says Annie Dillard,
and Jonathan Harr notes, “[Paul Farmer] wants to change
the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will
change the way you see it.”
Haiti the Aftershocks
A passionate and insightful account by
a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of
the country's devastating present back to its turbulent
and traumatic history
Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much
of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of
poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the
nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness.
But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois makes clear, Haiti's
troubled present can only be understood by examining its
complex past. The country's difficulties are inextricably
rooted in its founding revolution—the only successful
slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility
that this rebellion generated among the colonial powers
surrounding the island nation; and the intense struggle
within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize
Dubois vividly depicts the isolation and impoverishment
that followed the 1804 uprising. He details how the crushing
indemnity imposed by the former French rulers initiated
a devastating cycle of debt, while frequent interventions
by the United States—including a twenty-year military
occupation—further undermined Haiti's independence.
At the same time, Dubois shows, the internal debates about
what Haiti should do with its hard-won liberty alienated
the nation's leaders from the broader population, setting
the stage for enduring political conflict. Yet as Dubois
demonstrates, the Haitian people have never given up on
their struggle for true democracy, creating a powerful culture
insistent on autonomy and equality for all.
Revealing what lies behind the familiar
moniker of "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,"
this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which
a new Haiti might yet emerge.
The Ugly American
The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase
for tragic American blunders abroad. First published in
1958, The Ugly American became a runaway national bestseller
for its slashing exposé of American arrogance, incompetence,
and corruption in Southeast Asia. Based on fact, the book's
eye-opening stories and sketches drew a devastating picture
of how the United States was losing the struggle with Communism
in Asia. Combining gripping storytelling with an urgent
call to action, the book prompted President Eisenhower to
launch a study of our military aid program that led the
way to much-needed reform. "Powerful and absorbing.
. . . Should be required reading in Washington."-Kirkus
Reviews "Not only important but consistently entertaining.
. . . The attack on American policy in Asia this book makes
is clothed in sharp characterizations, frequently humorous
incident, and perceptive descriptions of the countries and
people where the action occurs."-Robert Trumbull, former
chief correspondent for the New York Times in China and
Southeast Asia "Seldom has a deadly warning been more
entertainingly or convincingly given."-Washington Star.
The Lambi's Call is a love story between the author and
the people of this rural part of Haiti's central plateau.
The story will take you to a part of Haiti that westerners
seldom experience, "The REAL Haiti." Through vivid
descriptions, and the telling of stories about the people
of Haiti that he has meet and worked with, Fame gives and
intimate picture of Haiti, as well as a way to problem solve
the best way to go about foreign ministry work. "With
The Lambi's Call, Tom Fame has brought us a memoir of shared
faith and shared hope. This is a testament to the power
of communities to collaborate and effect change. Fame writes:
"Haiti raises the bar." And it does, even as it
calls for action to right them." Dr. Paul Farmer -
Partners in Health "Read this book and experience the
gift that the Haitian people have given to so many of us.
Let Tom's deep insights illuminate your own experience.
His storytelling is sure to leave you full of joy."
Anne Hastings, Director of Fonkoze.