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An Unbroken Agony by Randall Robinson
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Mar 10, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: autobiography, biography, history, non-fiction, politics
Read in March, 2010

This was not the book I was hoping for -- I think I was looking for more of an overview of Haitian history, and this was almost exclusively about the 2006 coup against Aristide. And unfortunately, I couldn't even get into that aspect. The narrative style is roundabout and discursive, cutting back and forth over time, which made it hard to get a good sense of what was happening when.

Additionally, there's only so much "Americans are racist thugs" that I can handle being lectured about. Not that he was wrong in the particulars, of course, but the repetitiveness started to get on my nerves.

Between the lecturing and the confusing narrative, I couldn't finish it. There are a few bits and pieces that were intriguing, but mostly that makes me want to seek out another book on Haitian history.

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