By Jonathan M. Katz
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake within the historical past of the Western Hemisphere struck the state least ready to deal with it. Jonathan M. Katz, the single full-time American information correspondent in Haiti, was once within his condominium while it buckled in addition to millions of others. during this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Katz chronicles the fear of that day, the devastation visited on usual Haitians, and the way the area reacted to a state in desire.
More than half American adults gave funds for Haiti, a part of a enormous reaction totaling $16.3 billion in pledges. yet 3 years later the relaxation attempt has foundered. It's most simple promises—to construct more secure housing for the homeless, alleviate critical poverty, and improve Haiti to stand destiny disasters—remain unfulfilled.
The mammoth Truck That Went By provides a pointy critique of foreign reduction that defies today's traditional knowledge; that the best way prosperous nations provide reduction makes negative nations appear irredeemably hopeless, whereas trapping hundreds of thousands in cycles of privation and disaster. Katz follows the money to discover startling truths approximately how stable intentions get it wrong, and what may be performed to make relief "smarter."
With insurance of invoice Clinton, who got here to aid lead the reconstruction; movie-star reduction employee Sean Penn; Wyclef Jean; Haiti's leaders and other people alike, Katz weaves a posh, darkly humorous, and unforeseen portrait of 1 of the world's such a lot interesting international locations. The substantial Truck That Went By is not just a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, yet of the realm we are living in today.
J. Anthony Lukas booklet Prize (2012)
WOLA-Duke e-book Award for Human Rights in Latin America
Overseas Press membership of the United States Cornelius Ryan Award