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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.

©2013 Jonathan M. Katz (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Valentin
  • 28-05-2015

Excellent book

Best book on Haiti by far. Katz nailed it and it was a fascinating read

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  • ritware
  • 15-04-2018

Explains a lot!

The book was enjoyable and informative. I enjoyed learning about the island country of Haiti. I would encourage anyone who has had questions about the disaster of the earthquake and cholera outbreak to read this first hand reporters account.

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  • J
  • 07-08-2016

Honest account of the reality of post earthquake Haiti

Excellent first hand experience of the complexity that was the Haitian earthquake and the world's response. Highly recommended,

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  • Big Hopper
  • 02-10-2015

Enjoyable objective analysis of the fail state

Anecdotes and jounalism. Mr Katz makes us live the analytic life of a foreign correspondsant .

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  • Aaron Villarreyna
  • 12-06-2018

Eye opening

loved it from start to finish. Gives us a perspective that we would otherwise not be able to get of it was not for the first hand in filtered experience.

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  • Jason Como
  • 03-11-2016

Read (or listen) before you go to Haiti

I have visited Haiti 4 times since the earthquake on January 12, 2010 in a humanitarian capacity. This book can help you!when answering the inevitable question we all get before we go to Haiti, Where did all the money go?! It would be a great introduction to a course on Haiti After the earthquake. Thank you Mr. Katz!

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  • Justin Newsome
  • 16-10-2016

very insightful

Shedded a lot of light on a highly politicized and distorted topic. I liked the use of the narrators accents to get the different nationalities.

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  • Jeremy
  • 19-08-2016

Slow narrator, insightful book.

I found myself listening at 150% comfortably. And yet the author reads from afterword at the end and I would have really preferred if he was the narrator throughout.

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  • Johnny
  • 20-07-2016

NOT MUCH ABOUT THE ACTUAL EARTHQUAKE

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if they are interested in how relief efforts work. But I would warn: Do not expect much detail about the quake itself, such as escapes, general destruction, the power of nature, etc...

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